World 1607 double hemispheres 1626 Purchas Hondius scarce miniature mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Typus Orbis Terrarum.
(World in double hemispheres).
Issued 1607, Amsterdam by Hondius. This re-issue of the same plate appearing here 1626, London by Purchase for his rare and monumental Relations of the World. Cartography by Hondius.
Charming and uncommon early 17th century antique copper engraved miniature map. Text on reverse as always.
Based on the Ortelius model, a vast bulbous protrusion for North America, Nurembega noted within New England. Nile source in Africa shown way deep in the south, a huge mythical southern continent occupies a large portion of the bottom of both spheres, from which Nova Guinea appears to emerge from.
Map displays overall age toning and light damp staining, less than perfect example but still nice looking and worthy of ownership. Right side margin has been reinforced on back with matching paper to strengthen and slightly extend (see scan of reverse of map). Slight shaved loss of engraved area along this edge neatline, most visible at the bottom in the scrolled border. Longitude and latitude graduations surround the map.
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Sheet measures c. 6 1/2"H x 8 1/2"W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/4"H x 8"W.
Shirley, Mapping of the World, 259 (noting the chronology of appearances the plate made: 16-7-1621, Amsterdam, later 1624-39, London).
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 2, p, 364-6.
Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, vol. II, p. 319-146.