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Publisher: DE WIT, F.
Title: Polus Antarcticus (rare IV State).
Published in: Amsterdam, 1680
Size: 18.9 x 16.5 inches.
48.0 x 42.0 cm.

In original colours.
Condition: Several mostly marginal imperfections and several repairs, otherwise very good.
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A nice example of the rare De Wit edition of the famous, large hemispherical map of the Antarctic region, originally published by Hondius. In this edition the discoveries of Tasman in Australia and New Zealand are included. Hence, it is one of the first maps showing New Zealand.
'Polus Antarcticus' went through several changes. This edition shows Tasman's discoveries from his 1st voyage in Australia and and New Zealand .
Jansson in 1657, published the first edition of 'Polus Antarcticus' with Tasman's discoveries. According to Schilder, this was the last impression of the map. However, Tooley states that de Wit published this edition in 1680, which differs from Jansson's edition by the lack of text on the verso.
Both Jansson's and de Wit's editions differ from earlier editions by the inclusion of the islands of 'Paulo' and 'Amsterdam ', and the lack of a title.

Although the discoveries made during 2nd voyage of Tasman in north Australia are not shown due to physical limitations of the map, the reference 'Nova Hollandia Detect Anno 1644' in the maps clearly suggests a knowledge of those discoveries.

A complete discussion about the different states of the map can be found here:

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