WORLD MAP WITH AN UNUSUAL PROJECTION

 

$8,500

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AUTHOR:

ANGELOCRATOR, DANIEL

TITLE:

Novum Orbis Terrarum Schema, in Plano sic Descriptum..., ad inventum Daniele Angelocratore. Sumendo principium longitudinis sequitur Nic. Geilekerck.

CONDITION:

Two sheets joined for a total measurement of 11 x 21-1/4”. Uncolored copperplate engraving. Excellent condition.

DATE:

1628

DESCRIPTION:

This highly unusual world map by Daniel Angelocrator employs a unique projection invented by the mapmaker himself. The hemispheres are in the uncommon form of four rounded quarters. The map is rare [Shirley rated ‘R’] and was issued in Angelocrator’s book on surveying, Doctrina De Ponderibus, Monetis et Mensuris, published in Frankfurt in 1628. While the projection was the mapmaker’s own invention, the model for the geography was a 1616 world map of Nicolaes van Geelkercken, whom he credits in the title. A lesser known practitioner in Holland, Geelkercken’s maps are noted for their great westward extension of North America. On them, the North Pacific becomes very narrow and Japan approaches the coast of America.

REFERENCES:

Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #320; Keuning, “Nicolaes Geelkercken,” Imago Mundi XI, pp. 175-176.

Inventory No. 8190

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