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Decorative double hemisphere map of the World, published by Van Der Aa in Leiden.

The map is embellished with allegorical representations of the 4 continents in the 4 corners of the image as female forms, along with representations of Europeanized indigenous scenes. 

The map illustrates the routes of several 16th Century explorers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, including Magellan, Tasman, Chevalier de Chermont, Mendana and others. Part of New Zeleand is illustrated, along with a half complete Australia. No Northwest Coast of America and a curious treatment of the Northeastern portions of Japan, etc.  

A classic early 18th Century decorative map, from one of the most prolific map makers of the period.

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.