Nova Orbis Tabula, in Lucem Edita, A. F. De Wit

Frederick de Wit (*1630 - 1706)
Antique world map by Frederick de Wit. Published in Amsterdam around 1665.

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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.


CartographerFrederick de Wit
TitleNova Orbis Tabula, in Lucem Edita, A. F. De Wit
Publisher, YearFrederick de Wit, Amsterdam, circa 1665
Plate Size47.6 x 56.4 cm (18.7 x 22.2 inches)
Sheet Size50.5 x 59.2 cm (19.9 x 23.3 inches)
ReferenceShirley, R. W.: The Mapping of the World, No. 451


Small tears at and around the centrefold backed. Trimmed at the top, left and right along the platemark outside of the image, remargined. At the upper corners two losses (ca. 1x5cm) added and redrawn. Staining on verso. Good condition.


Frederick de Wit, born 1630 in Amsterdam, was a famous engraver and publisher in Amsterdam. He acquired many of the printing plates of Blaeu and Janssonius when it came to auction. His map were very popular because of the quality of the engravings and the beautiful colouring. After his death in 1706, his work was re-issued by Pieter Mortier and Covens & Mortier.

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Antique world map by Frederick de Wit. Published in Amsterdam around 1665.

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