17th century De Wit map leads online auction

A beautiful selection of rare and collectible maps and globes are on offer this week.

Expected to be top lot is a double-hemispherical world map by Frederik de Wit, the famous Dutch engraver and cartographer. Followed by his son and grandson of the same name, de Wit established printing office De Witte Pascaert which created some much sought after maps.

This example, Nova Orbis Tabula, In Lucem Edita, was drawn up in 1670, and includes four vignettes referencing the seasons, the zodiac, and the elements to accompany the lovingly drawn map. For example, the top right vignette represents Autumn, with the shore in the background illustrating the element Water.

Frederik de Wit world map
Nova Orbis Tabula, In Lucem Edita
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Also in the scene, an angelic child holds a crab representing Cancer, and another holds the lion of Leo.

The valuable work has been given a guide price of $7,000-9,000, and as it has not yet exceeded this it may represent an investment opportunity.

Also on offer in the sale is a Jean Sonnius double hemisphere created in 1645 which is in particularly good condition (est $6,500-7,500), and from the 19th century a J Newton & Sons copper globe (est $6,000-8,000).

The sale closes this Wednesday, February 17.


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