C1670

Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem edita A.F.de Wit.

Mapmaker:

Frederick de Wit (1630 - 1706)

The rare first state of Frederick de Wit’s famous double hemisphere world map. The map includes two polar projections framed with floral wreaths and pairs of cupids. The corners are superbly embellished with brilliant scenes of the four seasons, which … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem edita A.F.de Wit.

Date:

C1670

Mapmaker:

Frederick de Wit (1630 - 1706)

Condition:

Centre fold split at top and bottom, minor nicks, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

550mm 
x 465mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem edita A.F.de Wit. - Antique Map from 1670

Genuine antique
dated:

1670

Description:

The rare first state of Frederick de Wit’s famous double hemisphere world map.

The map includes two polar projections framed with floral wreaths and pairs of cupids. The corners are superbly embellished with brilliant scenes of the four seasons, which include mythological figures of centaurs, Bacchus, as well as cupids holding signs of the zodiacs.

De Wit’s atlases are rarely dated and consequently the maps from these atlases are usually assigned a general date of C1680.  Rodney Shirley states ‘There are however reasons for concluding that this world map was first produced at least a decade earlier….’ he goes on to say ‘the less well-developed form of Hudson’s Bay, the out-dated configuration of the Great Lakes and the marking of Spitzbergen in outline only. It may have been engraved in the mid-1660s.’ (Shirley p.451)

Australia and New Zealand are shown with the Dutch discoveries made up to and including those of Abel Tasman 1642-1644.

In this first state, the cusps of the map (the triangular area between the spheres) are blank and there is no outer border; these were added to the second plate used to print this map in C1680. Additionally the following changes were made, New Guinea or Nova Guinea and Quiri Regio on the left hemisphere.

From De Wit’s Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas

References; Koeman p.518 M.Wit 1 (1), Shirley p.451, ill. pl.33.

Mapmaker:

Frederick de Wit (1630-1706)

De Wit was a Dutch mathematician and cartographer who had been apprenticed to Willem Blaeu.  1648 De Wit opened a printing office in Amsterdam under the name De Witte Pascaert. The first map that was both engraved and dated by De Wit was that of Denmark in 1659. In 1675 De Wit released a nautical atlas. Besides atlases, he published 124 land maps and 27 sea maps on separate sheets. He was one of the leading mapmakers of Golden Period map making.

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