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    Sale 12260

    Books & Manuscripts

    16 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    DE WIT, Frederick (1629/1630 – 1706) and Giacomo Giovanni DE ROSSI (1627-1691). Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. Rome: Rossi, 1675.

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    DE WIT, Frederick (1629/1630 – 1706) and Giacomo Giovanni DE ROSSI (1627-1691). Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. Rome: Rossi, 1675.

    ENGRAVED LARGE DOUBLE-HEMISPHERE WALL MAP OF THE WORLD on 12 sheets, border of city views on 6 sheets, and text along lower margin on 3 sheets, image (with border and text) 1480 x 2358 mm (1500 x 2380 mm sheet). Within fine allegorical border depicting personages of Europe, the Orient, Africa and South America against typical landscapes and hunting scenes, a large solar diagram at the top between the two hemispheres, a bust of Christiana, Queen of Sweden and two celestial hemispheres, north and south polar projections at bottom, the main imprint in a panel below the hemispheres. Each side of the map flanked with a total of 21 town views (including: Rome, Seville, Prague, London, Copenhagen, Cracow, Cologne, Lisbon, Madrid, Suratte, Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, Gdansk, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Antwerp, Constantinople, Moscow, Jakarta, Ormus), printed text along lower margin. (The whole re-mounted on archive linen, overall some darkening, some light chipping and losses at edges, some repairs, splitting and occasional minor loss to image and text.) Provenance: Spencer Ervin (presumably purchased in the 1930’s at Martinus Nijhoff); by decent to the present owner.


    Frederick de Wit was an engraver, publisher, and map seller active in Amsterdam where he founded his printing house in 1648. De Wit reissued Blaeu and Jansson maps from copper plates which he had bought at the sale of their stock. His wall maps are very scarce. De Rossi’s newly engraved map is approximately the same size of De Wit's earlier twelve-sheet map and the geographical correspondence is very close, with the addition of 21 city views along the borders. “De Rossi has added the tentative coastline of Terra Jessi between North America and Japan and has brought back, in part, the coastline of the antarctic continent. There are two other changes which suggest an additional source: the large island in Hudson's Bay is now divided into three and the Desertum Amo (pocked to resemble sand) has been added in northern China…” (Shirley). VERY RARE: according to Shirley “only one copy of the De Wit-De Rossi map is known (Sotheby’s London, 15 April 1980, lot 551)." Shirley 471.

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