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VISSCHER, Nicolaes (1649-1702)
Novissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula
[Amsterdam: Jansson, circa 1679]. Copper-engraved map with original colouring. In good condition, with some expert repairs to center fold and adjacent splits. 19 3/4 x 23 inches. A beautifully coloured double- hemisphere map from the Golden Age of Dutch cartography This richly coloured and ornamented world map appeared at the zenith of Dutch mapmaking when aesthetics and geographical science played equal parts in cartography. The rich marginal surround of seasonal and astrological figures so handsomely and cleverly constructed here was intended to be both beautiful and meaningful, placing the world in a larger, cosmological context, the way we would now in maps of the solar system. The zodiacal circuit, fancifully depicted and actually not strictly in sequence, represents the succession of months and years, as well as the supernatural element in the course of events. Geographically, this is the world as known to the most active seafarers of the 17th century, and represents the stunning national achievement. It is a monument to both Renaissance open-mindedness and to the emerging Dutch nation. The image of Australia and the Pacific, for instance, is based on knowledge gained during Abel Tasman's mid-17th century voyage. The world map invariably appeared at the beginning of an atlas and served to indicate the importance of the undertaking and the high aesthetic standard to which it was conducted. It was also a statement of pride in civilized accomplishment. The world, so it seemed, belonged to those who understood what it was and what it looked like. One looked to the map … [Click Below for Full Description]
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