World Map double hemispheres decorative 1711 Cluver map huge Southern continentBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(World Map, Continents, Arctic, Antarctic).
Issued 1711, London for Cluver, anon. engraver.
Decorative early 18th century engraved map of the world in hemispheres, with lovely hand color.
Charming figures representing the continents in the four corners, atlas in bottom cusp. America shows a typical bulbous protuberance in the west, blank and supposedly without any known details. A random assortment of mountains appears in the southwest below an entirely blank north. Norumbega is named within modern day New England. Across the bottom of both spheres is a giant mythical southern continent labelled as unknown.
Source of the Nile in Africa is shown as mountains and two giant lakes south of the equator. Australia is shown with only a very partial outline of the east, attached to New Guinea. A large lake feeds five rivers in southeast Asia. Korea is clearly shown as an island.Iceland is shown but not named, beside it another large island almost certainly representing the mythical Friesland.
Nice looking example, pleasing age patina, any minor age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Original fold lines as issued.
Sheet Measures c. 9 1/2"H x 13 7/8"W.
Engraved Area Measures c. 6 1/8"H x 11 7/8"W.