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1687 Eberhard Werner Happel

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.