A CLASSIC DUTCH WORLD MAP

 

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AUTHOR:

DE WIT, FREDERICK

TITLE:

Nova Orbis Tabvla in Lvcem Edita A.F. De Wit

CONDITION:

18-7/8” x 22-¼”. Original hand color. A very good example.

DATE:

c. 1680

DESCRIPTION:

One of the most iconic world maps of the second half of the 17th Century is Frederick DeWit’s Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis (c. 1680). At this period, the Dutch were the masters of the sea and of trade, and their maps celebrated this superiority. The double hemisphere format that made these maps famous lent itself to the decorative element that was so important the cartographers of Holland.

The cartographer of this map concentrates much of his artistic energy on the four borders, which were etched by Romein de Hooghe, one of the most accomplished of the time. He created dramatic landscapes of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water.

Shirley considered this “one of the most attractive of the time.” This second state can be identified by the appearance of
Nova Guinea and Quiri Regio on the left-hand hemisphere.

REFERENCES:

Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #451

Inventory No. 8215

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