Aequator sive linea Aequinoctialis

Old coloured map of the world. Printed circa 1770.

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A very rare double hemisphere world map in unusual polar equidistant projection.

Based on the coastline of Australia and New Zealand, one would expect a period of origin in the late 17th century. However, due to the presence of Tahiti, the map was probably engraved circa 1770. The notations are mainly written in Latin, but full of Italian words, suggesting an origin in Italy. The engraving is very skillfully executed, the lettering is highly accurate in style and positioning.

Despite intensive research, we could not find another copy of this map. This sheet may be the only one, or at least one of very few existent copies. Probably the sheet was not bound in a book, since there is no guard for binding. The paper is uncut on three sides, which also indicates to a single-sheet print.


TitleAequator sive linea Aequinoctialis
Publisher, Yearcirca 1770
Plate Size28.3 x 47.9 cm (11.1 x 18.9 inches)
Sheet Size33.0 x 63.5 cm (13.0 x 25.0 inches)


Some tears in margins, some overall browning.

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Old coloured map of the world. Printed circa 1770.

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