“One of the most attractive world maps of its time”
By De WIT, Frederick, 1665
Nova Orbis Tabula, In Lucem Edita, A.F. De Wit.
- Author: De WIT, Frederick
- Publication place: Amsterdam
- Publication date: 1665.
- Physical description: Engraved map in contemporary hand-colour, heightened in gold.
- Dimensions: 465 by 545mm. (18.25 by 21.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 9686
As De Wit atlases are rarely dated, his maps are often assigned a general date of c.1680. However we know from its inclusion in Blaeu’s ‘Atlas Major’, published in 1665, that the map was produced earlier, as Shirley suspected: “It was probably in about 1670, or earlier, that De Wit prepared a new terrestrial world map as a counterpart to his maritime map dated 1668 (Entry 444). […]There are however reasons for concluding that this world map was first produced at least a decade earlier as a replacement for his first world map of 1660 which had become outmoded. In some respects the terrestrial map would even seem to predate his maritime map, e.g. the less well-developed form of Hudson’s Bay, the out-dated configuration of the Great Lakes and the marking of Spitzbergen in outline only. It may therefore have been engraved in the mid-1660s.” (Shirley 452).
The map also appeared in atlases published by De Wit and in composite atlases by Visscher and others.
- Shirley, ‘Mapping of the World’, 452.
- Shirley, Rodney. (1987). The mapping of the world. London: Holland Press.