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Lot 0372 Details

Description
Cartographer: Frederick de Wit
Title: [Map 1] Nova Orbis Tabula, in Lucem Edita [in a set with Map 2] Nova Totius Europae [and Map 3] Nova Totius Asiae [and Map 4] Nova Totius Africa [and Map 5] Nova Totius Americae Descriptio
Subject: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, World
Published: Amsterdam
Date: c. 1660 – 70
Description: (Map 1) Double-hemispherical map of the world with polar insets shows the period’s most current geographical knowledge, such as Greenland attached to mainland North America, the Great Lakes as an open semi-circle, and California as an island with much of the Pacific Northwest left blank. The partial coastlines of Australia (Hollandia Nova), New Guinea, Tasmania, and New Zealand have been mapped. The corner vignettes contain scenes combining images of the four seasons, the four classical elements, and the signs of the Zodiac in a superb Dutch Baroque style. Clockwise from upper left are the personifications of Spring, Summer, Autumn (as Bacchus), and Winter (with gilt decoration applied to his crown and scepter). First state, without cherubs in the cusps and no outside border.
Maps 2 – 5, each from de Wit’s famous and extremely rare set of four continents, reflect Holland’s Golden Age, as well as the golden age of cartography, by recording Holland’s mercantile glory and noting the key centers of commerce and trade. (Map 2) Carte-à-figures includes six insets at top showing bird’s-eye views of important European cities including Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Seville, and Prague. Eight vertical border illustrations show the Catholic Pope, the Holy Roman Emperor, the Russian Tsar, and the kings of Spain, Denmark, Sweden, France, and Poland. (Map 3) Carte-à-figures includes six insets at top showing bird’s-eye views of important Asian cities including Jerusalem and Damascus, as well as eight ethnographic illustrations depicting Tartar, Chinese, Arabian, and Japanese men and women dressed in native costume. A woman in Arabian costume, riding a camel and swinging a burning censer, surmounts the Baroque-style title cartouche. (Map 4) Carte-à-figures includes six insets at top showing bird’s-eye views of important African cities including Alexandria and Tangier, as well as eight ethnographic illustrations depicting women of Fez, Madagascar, Abyssinia, and Mozambique, along with men of Congo, Morrocco, Guinea, and Aksum; all are dressed in native costume. An Aksumite woman, riding a crocodile and holding a branch, surmounts the Baroque-style title cartouche, while the aquatic entourage of Poseidon, who rides a horse-drawn, shell-shaped chariot, supports the imprint. (Map 5) Carte-à-figures includes six insets showing important New World cities such as Havana and Cartagena, as well as eight ethnographic illustrations depicting various peoples of North and South America; the geography included is a mix of speculation and accuracy: California is an island and there is but one open-ended Great Lake in North America, but the correct location of Jamestown is shown.
Size: Map 1, approx. 16.5” x 21.6” (46.5 x 58 cm); Maps 2 and 4, approx. 19.3” x 25” (44 x 55.5 cm); Map 3, approx. 17.3” x 22” (44 x 56 cm); Map 5, approx. 17.3” x 21.8” (44 x 55.3 cm)
Color: Original hand color, maps in outline.
Condition: (Map 1) Three vertical folds and one horizontal fold, with reinforced center fold; on map, a few spots of foxing, with black ink brushed across Spring’s loins to maintain her modesty; in margin, some browning, foxing, and soiling, with handwritten numbering in both ink and pencil. (Map 2) Center fold; map is toned with a few spots of foxing; in margin, browning and foxing, with occasional chipping to edges; handwritten notation in pencil on verso. (Map 3) Four vertical folds and two horizontal fold for which edge tears have been reinforced with a restored tear near the center running vertically from the bottom margin edge approximately 9.4” (24 cm); map is toned with spots of foxing; in margin, browning and foxing, with a water stain touching the title cartouche and another touching Nova Hollandia (Australia); on verso, a handwritten notation in pencil; narrow left and right margins. (Map 4) Center fold; map is toned with a few spots of foxing; in margin, browning and foxing; handwritten notation in pencil on verso. (Map 5) Vertical center fold; map is toned with foxing, which is mostly apparent in margins and on the verso, but with spots off the coasts of Virginia and California; some chipping to the top edge; a few handwritten notes on verso.
References: Shirley (World) 451, pl. 333 state 1; Burden (America) 356, state 2; Schilder (Monumenta) VI, 14, 19, 24, 29.
Provenance: All five maps from The Goodyear Collection; world map purchased from Richard B. Arkway, New York (June 1984); four continent maps purchased from Louis Loeb-Larocque, Paris (May 1985).
Estimate: 30,000 – 50,000 (set of five maps [world and four continents])
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Frederick de wit World map

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