PAULUS MERULA’S HIGHLY DECORATIVE 1605 WORLD MAP

 

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AUTHOR:

MERULA, PAULUS

TITLE:

Totius Orbis Cogniti Universalis Descriptio

CONDITION:

11-3/4” x 19-3/4”. Uncolored copperplate engraving. Lower left margin trimmed close with no loss. Some wear to folds. Accompanied by the title page for the first edition of Merula’s Cosmographiae, 1605

DATE:

Leiden, 1605

DESCRIPTION:

Engraved by Jan van Doetecum, this map is a skillful copy of one of Petrus Plancius’s extremely rare bible maps of the world from 1590. The original Plancius was one of his earliest and was notable for its use of Portuguese sources, particularly its new delineation of Japan as one small and three larger islands. These sources were also employed for discoveries along the west coast of America and in the far east. That map was engraved by Jan van Doetecum’s father, Baptista, and included the striking strapwork border that also surrounds the twin hemispheres here.

The Merula map adds Novaya Zemlya and inserts two celestial spheres from another of Plancius’s world maps. It also includes four new insets in oval frames; three maps of the islands of Japan, Iceland, Ceylon, and a view of St. Helena. The map is quite scarce and was published only in the first edition of Merula’s
Cosmographiae, 1605. It was not included in the two later editions of 1621 and 1635.

REFERENCES:

Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #254.

Inventory No. 8187

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