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This map is based on Frederik de Wit's 1668 map "Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula ex officina". The geographical details include California as an Island, incomplete coastlines for Australia and New Zealand and no trace of the Antarctic. There is no coastline north of California, nor is the land bridge to Asia present. The Great Lakes are shown with open ends to the west.
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The two main hemispheres are engraved and the surrounding illustrations etched. In the corners are large and lively scenes allegorically representing the four elements. Fire is shown by war and destruction, air by a scene of the heavens, earth by harvesting and husbandry, and water by a maritime scene including Neptune, mermen, and a spouting whale.
Between the two main spheres are single figures and above and below these figures are two polar spheres.
Title found in small cartouche on eastern hemisphere.
State one based on information appearing in Shirley entry.
From: Danckerts's Atlases
Citation / reference note
Koeman, v. 3, p. 91, Entry Dan1, map no. 1
Phillips, Entries 540, 541, 3470
Availability of other formats note
National Map Collection 1983 Antique Map Calendar
Treasures of the National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada : An exhibition of 100 original maps, atlases, globes and architectural plans, 1490-1982, held at the Public Archives of Canada 17 August 1982 to 9 January 1983
World - Maps - Early works to 1800.
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