A DECORATIVE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY DUTCH WORLD MAP

 

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AUTHOR:

DANCKERTS, JUSTUS

TITLE:

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

CONDITION:

Full original color., 19-1/4” x 23”. Some soiling, mostly marginal. Overall a good example.

DATE:

Amsterdam, c.1685

DESCRIPTION:

This is the second of Danckerts’ two single sheet world maps. Both are based on Frederick De Witt’s maritime world map dated 1668. On Danckerts’ earlier world map of c.1680, the geographical details are unchanged from 1668, but there are numerous alterations to this second plate. The coast of North America is extended west from California to near Japan, and there are many new placenames in Australia (“Nova Hollandia”). Both of the subsidiary polar hemispheres have been extensively revised.

The elaborate and handsome borders are unchanged from De Wit’s map. In each corner is a large and lively allegorical representation of one of the elements (air, fire, earth and water) in the form of the classical gods that represented those elements (Zeus, Aries, Demeter and Poseidon). Each god oversees a scene that exemplifies its character. Zeus sits enthroned, and oversees the heavens with personifications of the other Greek Gods. Aries looks down upon a battle scene. Demeter views a pastoral harvest scene, and Poseidon a naval scene with nymphs and a spouting whale.

REFERENCES:

Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #529, plate 372.

Inventory No. 8544

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