16 November 2005
BLAEU, Joan (c.1599-1673). Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. [Amsterdam: 1662].
Hand-coloured engraved twin hemisphere map of the world showing California as an island, (405 x 541mm). The map surrounded by spandrel vignettes of celestial figures and allegorical scenes. (Repaired tear at centrefold.) Window mount.
A FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING OF ALL SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY MAPS. It was first incorporated into Blaeu's Atlas Major in 1662 to replace the map on the Mercator projection that had been issued in Blaeu's atlases since 1630. Shirley 428.
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