By: Abraham Ortelius
Date: 1602 (published) Antwerp
Dimensions: 19.5 x 14 inches (49.5 x 35.5 cm).
An alluring full color specimen of the 3rd state of Ortelius' world map. The terrestrial world is sandwiched between two large polar land masses, "Terra Septentrionalis Incognita," and "Terra Australis Nondum Cognita." In North America, two rivers reaching the Pacific and Atlantic nearly bisect the continent as they both stretch to its deepest interiors. A northwest passage is clearly delineated above and Florida and Hispania Nova are clearly labeled in the south. South America stretches to the Strait of Magellan which separates the continent from a large Antarctic land mass. The Eastern Hemisphere also features a northern passage to the Pacific along with a crudely misprojected island of Japan. The Pacific features an incredibly oversized and misplaced Solomon islands and New Guinea.
The map is decorated throughout with a sailing ship and sea monsters and cornered by quotes from Cicero and Seneca. This is paramount map for any world collector from one of the most prominent map makers in cartographic history.
Condition: Map is in A condition and has been expertly restored, cleaned, and backed to restore and prevent and tears, wormholes, or loss to image.
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