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Rare second state of Nicholas Visscher's World map, which appeared only in a few Van Keulen atlases circa 1695.

The map is similar to Visscher's World map of 1659 (Shirley 406), only with the Straits of Anian being reduced to cover only 10 degrees. The surrounding decorations are completely redone and include vivid scenes of the signs of the Zodiac along with Cherubs and other heavenly figures. California is showns as an island.

There is only one open ended Great Lake. Australia and New Zealand are substantially incomplete, although Australia is tentatively severed from New Guinea. Visscher abandons the speculative unknown southern continent, prefering to show the Antarctic as without land masses.

A striking example of this fine 17th Century World Map.

Condition Description
Minor fold split at top and bottom center, expertly repaired on verso. Minor tear at lower left margin, just touching printed image.
Shirley 486, plate 354.