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Publisher: DE WIT, F.
Title: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula.
Published in: Amsterdam, 1660
Size: 16.9 x 21.8 inches.
43.0 x 55.3 cm.

Condition: Repair of split in lower left hand part, 14cm. into engraved area. Remains of old foldings, with some paper thinness. Paper slightly age toned. Cut on neatline with extended margins. Nevertheless a very desirable map.
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This is the first state of the world maps by F. de Wit. Especially rare, extremely decorative.
It appeared in "De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Wereld ..." By Hendrik Doncker in 1660. It is inspired by the famous Blaeu's wall map of 1648.
Shirley notes: "De Wit's map is one of the most decorative standard-size maps of the time and it is much less commonly found than his three other atlas world maps".

The upper corners contain northern and southern celestial maps and the lower corners show north and south polar projections.
In the bottom center are astronomical diagrams -- a geocentric one on the left and a Copernican one on the right. The top center vignette shows the sun encircled by a zodiacal ring. Between the maps and diagrams are four vignettes with allegorical depictions of the Four Elements (air, fire, earth and water).
The map also includes Baroque decorations of garlands of fruit and flowers.
The map is dated 1660. California is shown as an island, with a blank space in the Northwest Part of America. South America is oversized and wide.
Korea is correctly shown as a peninsula, although Borneo and the Philippines are curiously configured.

A single coastline is shown for New Zealand, while the discoveries of Tasman and others are reflected in the depiction of Australia.
Reference: Shirley, World 421.

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