C1638

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula.

Important German C.17th world map on Mercator’ projection based on Blaeu’s current world map with insets of the south and north poles. The seas are decorated with ships, compass roses and galleons. The lower corners have insets of the north … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula.

Date:

C1638

Condition:

Centre fold as issued, with some minor creasing at plate line, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

350mm 
x 260mm

Paper Size: 

374mm 
x 282mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. - Antique Map from 1638

Genuine antique
dated:

1638

Description:

Important German C.17th world map on Mercator’ projection based on Blaeu’s current world map with insets of the south and north poles.

The seas are decorated with ships, compass roses and galleons. The lower corners have insets of the north and south poles. Germanic script for the text is used and the Latin title is repeated in Gothic script below. Noted at the top of the map is the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus’ in 1492 and Terra Australis Incognito is shown as extending along the entire lower area of the map. The naming of Beach the northern tip of Terra Incognito, can be traced back to Fine’s 1532 world map which was based on information derived from Marco Polo’ incorrectly scribed accounts.

References:
Shirley, R. The Mapping of the World Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700. London1987 369 pl 262.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2138727

References:
Shirley, R. The Mapping of the World Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700. London 1987: 369 pl 262.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2138727

Matthaus Merian (1593 - 1650)

Matthaus Merian (1593-1650) was a Swiss publisher and engraver born in Basel who in 1615 moved to Germany where he worked for Johan Theodor de Bry. In 1617, Merian married Maria Magdalena de Bry, daughter of the publisher, and for a time associated with the de Bry publishing house. In 1620 they moved back to Basel, but three years later returned to Frankfurt. They had four daughters and three sons, including Matthäus Merian the Younger. Maria Magdalena de Bry died in 1645 and the following year Matthäus married Johanna Catharina Hein. Five years later, Matthäus died, leaving his wife with two small children, Anna Maria Sibylla Merian (born 1647) who later became a pioneering naturalist and illustrator. In 1623 Merian took over the publishing house of his father-in-law after de Bry's death. In 1626 he became a citizen of Frankfurt and could therefore work as an independent publisher. He spent most of his working life in Frankfurt.

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