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MEJER, J / DANKWERTH, C - Orbis Vetus cum Origine Magnarum in Eo Gentium a Filiis et Nepotibus Noe.

MEJER, J / DANKWERTH, C - Orbis Vetus cum Origine Magnarum in Eo Gentium a Filiis et Nepotibus Noe.
Orbis Vetus cum Origine Magnarum in Eo Gentium a Filiis et Nepotibus Noe. - MEJER, J / DANKWERTH, C
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Title : Orbis Vetus cum Origine Magnarum in Eo Gentium a Filiis et Nepotibus Noe..
Map maker : MEJER, J / DANKWERTH, C.
Date : Husum, 1651.
Size : 16.9 x 20.7 inches. / 43.0 x 52.5 cm.
Colouring : Original colors

Description :Finely embellished map of the Eastern Hemisphere, published by Casper Dankwerth in the Newe Landesbeschreibung der zweij Hertzogthuemer Schleswig und Holstein.
This fine map of the old world appeared in Dankwerth's Atlas of Schleswig-Holstein, published in 1652 in collaboration with Danish cartographer Johann Mejer. Engraver Christian Rothgiesser filled this stunning map with a border of cherubs, fruit, garlands, and gardens. The map depicts the ancient form of the continents as the sons of Noah: Japheth, Shem and Cham. A massive Terra Australis Incognita Veteribus Prorsus appears in the Southern part of the Hemisphere. The North Pole takes the shape of four major and multiple small islands, as illustrated by Mercator.

An unknown Korea is depicted as an island, with an early primitive configuiration for Japan's principal islands.

Johann Mejer (1606-1674) was a royal mathematician, astronomer and cartographer from Husum (then part of Denmark). Although Johann Mejer was largely unknown to his contemporaries, he has become considered as one of the most important Danish cartographers of his time. His first-class work served as a model for all maps of Schleswig and Holstein, until the end of the 18th Century. Mejer would later sell the copper plates to the Blaeu firm in 1657 and the maps would later appear in Blaeu's Atlas Maior.
Condition : Fair/Good. Beautifully hand coloured. Some expert repairs to map on verso along fold lines. Some minor areas repaired in fascilime. Minor edge tears.


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