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Rare double hemisphere map of the World by Johann Detleffsen, published in Minden.

The map is based upon the highly influential world map of Nicolaus Visscher, published in Amsterdam in 1657.

Nicolaus Visscher's world map of 1657 was the first of several maps which he produced for Dutch Bibles in the middle of the 17th Century and would become the prototype for Dutch Bible maps published over the next 100 years.

Australia and Van Diemen's Land are shown, but the north coast of Australia discovered during Abel Tasman's second voyage of 1644 is not yet shown. Two Celestial hemispheres are included, along with a lengthy annotation on the discovery of America and recent circumnavigations. The allegorical figures in the corners represent the four continents (each named).

The celestial double hemisphere world map is credited to the observations of Tycho Brahe and Frederick Houtmann, whose voyage to the Spice Islands at the end of the 16th century opened a new route to the East Indies for the Netherlands and foreshadowed the rise of the Dutch East India Company as a world power.


This is the third example we offered for sale in more than 25 years.

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