Beautiful double-hemisphere world map by Frederick de Wit. With two smaller maps of the North and South Pole surrounded by elaborate decoration. Vignettes of the four seasons in the corners and a title bar on top.
The discoveries around Australia made by Tasman on his first and second expedition in 1642-44 are included. New Zealand is drawn with one coastline only and California is still shown as an island.
R. Shirley describes this map in The Mapping of the World, Plate 333 (Entry 451), as follows:
De Wit's map is one of the most attractive of its time. The brilliant scenes in the corners combine images of the four seasons, the elements, and the signs of the zodiac in a well-balanced and naturalistic way.
This is the second state of De Wit's original plate. Around 1680 a second plate with additions and changes in the western hemisphere appeared. The map was also copied by Allard, Mortier and Loots.
|Cartographer||Frederick de Wit|
|Title||Nova Orbis Tabula, in Lucem Edita, A. F. De Wit|
|Publisher, Year||Frederick de Wit, Amsterdam, circa 1665|
|Plate Size||47.6 x 56.4 cm (18.7 x 22.2 inches)|
|Sheet Size||50.5 x 59.2 cm (19.9 x 23.3 inches)|
|Reference||Shirley, R. W.: The Mapping of the World, No. 451|
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