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Interesting pair of maps of the Eastern and Western Hemisphere, published by EW Happel, in Ulm.

The Western Hemipshere shows an incomplete New Zealand, California as an Island on the Briggs model, the straits of Anian and a very nascent and oddly shaped Mississippi River. The Rio Grande is still shown flowing into the Gulf of California. The Straits of Anian are named, with a very promising course for the Northwest Pasasge. Only a single massive Great Lake is shown, with a direct connection with the St. Lawrence River. South America is in an extra wide configuration.

In the Eastern Hemisphere, a massive incomplete Hollandia Nova is shown (Australia). Korea is still quite poorly understood. The Philippines are depicted in an early primative format, as is China. The prospect of a Northeast Passage is wide open.

Condition Description
Repaired small tear to each old fold at bottom just affecting image. Two tiny printer's creases to western hemisphere.
Eberhard Werner Happel Biography

Eberhard Werner Happel (1647–1690) was a German author of scientific and historical works. The son of a reformist Lutheran minister, he studied law, mathematics, and natural sciences in Marburg, Germany, from the 1660s to 1680s, though due to financial issues he never finished his formal education. He also tutored aristocratic families in Hessen and Hamburg during this time. Around 1680 he devoted himself to writing, publishing several works of historical fiction. He also published several historical and scientific almanacs, the most famous of which was Historia Moderna Europae, which covered recent European political history and included detailed maps and engravings. His most famous scientific work was Gröste Denkwürdigkeiten der Welt: Oder, So genannte “relationes curiosae”, which contained one of the most important early discussions of oceanographic phenomena. In later years Happel continued to be a successful and widely read author. He died in Hamburg at age 42, survived by his wife, Margarita, and four children.