C1696

Het Niew Hollandt.

Rare early gore of Australia by one of the most famous c.18th cartographers, Vincenzo Coronelli. It incorporates fanciful depictions of native life, including an elephant on the Australian continent, a note over Australia states that “they believe that the newly … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Het Niew Hollandt.

Date:

C1696

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

290mm 
x 360mm

Paper Size: 

350mm 
x 390mm
AUTHENTICITY
Het Niew Hollandt. - Antique Map from 1696

Genuine antique
dated:

1696

Description:

Rare early gore of Australia by one of the most famous c.18th cartographers, Vincenzo Coronelli. It incorporates fanciful depictions of native life, including an elephant on the Australian continent, a note over Australia states that “they believe that the newly discovered land is M. Polo’s the country of Lochac.” Although the comment perpetuates the age-old errors from the scribed accounts of Marco Polo, it does accurately chart some of the Dutch discoveries including those of Hartog in 1616, Houtman in 1619, de Wit in 1628 and those of Tasman’s second voyage in 1644. It also has descriptive text relating to “Nouva Guinea” and “Isola di Pines.

From Coronelli’s Atlante veneto … V. 2. Isolario dell’Atlante veneto. Venetia, 1697

References:
Clancy, R. The Mapping of Terra Australia. Sydney 1995: p.41, ill.2.13, p.93, ill.94-95.
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 352.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2110022
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers M2 470/1697/1

Vincenzo Coronelli (1650 - 1718)

Coronelli was a Franciscan friar, cosmographer and cartographer of atlases and globes, born, probably in Venice, August 16, 1650, the fifth child of a Venetian tailor named Maffio Coronelli. At ten, young Vincenzo was sent to the city of Ravenna and was apprenticed to a xylographer. At the age of sixteen he published the first of his one hundred forty separate works. In 1671 he entered the Convent of Saint Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, and in 1672 was sent by the order to the College of Saint Bonaventura and Saints Apostoli in Rome where he earned his doctor’s degree in theology in 1674. He excelled in the study of both astronomy and Euclid. A little before 1678, Coronelli began working as a geographer and was commissioned to make a set of terrestrial and celestial globes for Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Each finely crafted globe was five feet in diameter (c. 175 cm) and so impressed the Duke that he made Coronelli his theologian. Coronelli's renown as a theologian grew and in 1699 he was appointed Father General of the Franciscan order.

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