|Title||Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita. A. F. de Wit. |
|Detailed view (zoom)||http://content.lib.washington.edu/mapsweb/images/Viewer/G3200_1680_W5.html |
|Cartographer||Wit, Frederik de, 1610-1698|
|Century Published||17th century|
|Publication Date||ca. 1680 |
|Publisher||Wit, Frederik de 1610-1698|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands--Amsterdam |
|Descriptive Notes||Copper engraving handcolored with watercolor.|
Printed at top within banner:
"Nova Orbis Tabula, In Lucem Edita, EA. F. de Wit. Amstelodami cum Privilegio Potentiss D. Dominarum Ordinum Hollandia et Westfrisiae."
Written in upper left corner:
Illustrates the world in two hemispheric projections and two polar projections above and below the hemispheres. Depicts California as an island and shows New Guinea as "Nova Guinea" and an area in South Pacific next to New Guinea called "Quiri Regio."
Includes illustrations of classical scenes in each corner of the map representing the four seasons and referring to the elements as well as signs of the Zodiac. Cherubs appear in the spaces between the hemispheres and polar projection insets.
Scale: 1:74, 000, 000
West 180 degrees-East 180 degrees / North 90 degrees-South 90 Degrees.
|Contextual Notes||Frederik de Wit (1610-1698) was a major Dutch cartographer and publisher in Amsterdam. He founded his business in 1648 and produced a number of wall maps, world atlases, sea charts, and "town books" throughout the seventeenth century. In 1674, he purchased a few Blaeu map plates and later purchased some of Jannson's plates. His work was very popular and he became well-known for his attractive engraving and coloring. His works include "Atlases" (c.a. 1670), "Atlas Minor" (1670), "Zee Atlas" (1675), "Atlas Belgium" (1666-7), "Atlas Major" (1690) and "Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas" (1675) (Moreland and Bannister, 115; Tooley 670).|
This map was first produced between the mid-1660s and early 1670s. Shirley believes its creation dates to be early due to the "less well-developed form of Hudson's Bay, the out-date configuration of the Great Lakes and the marking of Spitzbergen in outline only" (469). In its first state, the cusps of the map were empty and there was no outer border. In the second plate used to print this map c.a. 1680, New Guinea or "Nova Guinea" and "Quiri Regio" have been added to the South Pacific in the left hemisphere (Shirley, 469). Shirley believes it be one of the "most attractive [maps] of its time" noting the balance of the "four seasons, the elements and the signs of the zodiac" within the illustrations located in the four corners of the map on either side of the smaller polar projection insets (468-9).
Source(s): Moreland, Carl and David Bannister. "Antique Maps: A Collector's Handbook." New York: Longman Group, Ltd., 1983.
Shirley, Rodney W. "The Mapping of the World: Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700. Riverside, CT: Early World Press Ltd., 2001.
Tooley, Ronald Vere. "Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers." Hertfordshire: Map Collector Publications Limited, 1979.
California as an Island
Historical Illustrated Scene
|Subjects (LCSH)||World maps--Early works to 1800 |
|Digital Collection||World and Regional Maps, 16th to the 19th centuries|
|Digital ID Number||MAP002 |
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.|
|Repository Collection||Rare Map Collection. G3200 1680 W5 |
|Physical Description||2 hemispheres 27 cm. in diameter on sheet 54 x 63 cm. |
|Condition||Several small pieces from bottom edge especially in lower right corner. Original call number written in pencil in upper right corner. Acquisition information written on left edge of map in pen. Writing in pencil beneath bottom edge. Tear along centerfold repaired at top edge with paper. Original call number written in pencil on verso in lower left corner. Watercolor has bled through to verso. Minor darkening throughout and browning at edges. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original map at 600 dpi in TIFF format, resized and enhanced at 400 ppi using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using ContentDM's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2008. |
|Acquisition||Written in ink on right edge: 9Jl23 Museum Bk Store Central-S.E. 12/0 NW. |
|References||Shirley, 468-9. |