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Novus Planiglobii Terrestris Per Utrumque Polum Conspectus.

  • ARTIST: Joan Blaeu

  • PUBLISHER: J. Blaeu / Gerard Valck, Amsterdam.

  • MEDIUM: Handcolored copper plate engraving,

    DATE: 1672, c.1695.

  • EDITION SIZE: 15 7/8 x 20 7/8" (40.3 x 53 cm) plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: A fine polar projection map of the world. Scholars believe that Blaeu was preparing this map for the Spanish edition of "Atlas Major" which was never completed. The map shows California as an island; the only Blaeu map to depict this cartographic myth.<br><br> Surrounding the map are clouds, a beautiful image of the sun, the moon and between the cusp an armillary sphere. In the lower corners are images Eve emerging from the rib of Adam and a clothed and ashamed Adam is about to depart the Garden of Eden.<br><br> After Blaeu's death his copper plates were auctioned in 1694. It is believed that the plate came into Valck's possession soon after. Gerard Valck (c.1650-1726) was a printer and engraver and studied under the artist, Abraham Bloteling. For a period of time he worked in London and later moved back to Amsterdam. He became associated with Petrus Schenk and Jacob Robyn, noted cartographers, and together they issued a number of maps and atlases.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for soft crease in upper portion of image and some splitting in the African continent due to verdigris which has been reinforced. Period hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: #459 in "The Mapping of the World" by Rodney Shirley.