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Description

A little gem of map, being John Seller's representation of the ancient concept of zones of the earth, published in his miniature Atlas Terrestris, circa 1700.

The map is a great example of the characteristic Seller engraving style, with the sun and the moon overseeing the globe, which itself is divided into "Poler circle", Temperate Zone, and Torid Zone in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

The concept of geographical zones is most closely associated with Aristotle, though the concept was first promulgated by Parmenides.

Condition Description
Original hand-color. Light damp stains barely enter into the engraved image at top left and top right. An edge tear that touches the neatline at right has been closed on verso with archival tape.
Reference
Phillips (A) #529-III