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“Orbis Terrarum Nova Et Accuratissima Tabula”. Engr. map w. 2 hemispheres and 2 polar hemispheres, rich pictorial borders by J. DE VISSCHER after N. BERCHEM, Amst., N. Visscher, 1685 (or later).

“Nicolaas Visscher’s new world map in two hemispheres can be regarded as the master forerunner of a number of highly decorative Dutch world maps produced throughout the remainder of the century. The distinctive attractiveness of the later seventeenth century  world maps is to be found in their border decorations and Visscher’s is no exception. His artist Nicolaes Berchem has introduced dramatical classical scenes representing the rape of Persephone, Zeus being carried across the heavens in an eagle-drawn chariot, Poseidon commanding his entourage, and Demeter receiving the fruits of the Earth. Visscher’s map is to be found in several different atlases. It appears in Jansson’s Novus Atlas of 1658 in both the Latin- and German-text versions and was later used, in unchanged state, in later atlases compiled by the Visscher family. His map of the world includes a set of smaller polar hemispheric projections at the top and bottom of the map. Visscher’s world map would become the proto-type for not only a generation of large format Dutch World maps, it also inspired a series of reduced sized biblical world maps by Stoopendahl and others.

Condition: Very good.
Measures: 47×56 cm.
Purchase code: M1836
Price on request.

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