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Wit-- Frederick de (1630-1706)
Wereld - Frederick de Wit, ca. 1670.
FREDERICK DE WIT'S FAMOUS DOUBLE HEMISPHERE WORLD MAP?Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita, A[uctore] F. De Wit.? Copper engraving published in Amsterdam by Frederick de Wit, here in its second state from c. 1670. Coloured by a later (?) hand. Size (plate): 47.5 x 56 cm.This is one of the most attractive double-hemispherical world maps of second half of 17th century. The brilliant scnes in the corners combine images of the four season, the elements, and the signs of the zodiac in a well-balanced and naturalistic way.At top left is a personification of Spring, who also represents Virgo, with the element of Air billowing her robes. The bull of Taurus and the ram of Aries are shown to her right.The top right vignette represents Summer, with the shore in the background illustrating the element Water. A putti holds a lobster representing Cancer, and another holds the lion of Leo.The lower left scene represents Autumn and Earth with a wine-imbibing Bacchus and a scene of drunkenness The signs for Scorpio and Libra are held by two followers, while Sagittarius gallops in the background.Winter holds court in the final vignette, with the element of Fire shown to the left. Aquarius is represented by a child pouring water into a basin. A group of raucous children in the background hold a goat representing Capricorn and a fishing pole with the double fish of Pisces.The maps shows North America, with the Great Lakes appearing as one large semi-circle with an open western end, and the island of California is shown on the model of Henry Briggs with a flat northern coast, and a portion of Anian … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Inter-Antiquariaat MEFFERDT & DE JONGE [Netherlands]
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