Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula
Frederick de Wit in de Calverstraet in de Witte Paskaert, Amsterdam, 1660
Library of Congress, Washington, USA
Richly illustrated world map, created by Frederick de Wit in 1660 and published in editions of the Zee-Atlas of Hendrik Doncker from 1660 until 1670. This was De Wit’s first world map. He derived it from the two hemisphere maps from Blaeu’s wall map of 1648, reducing them in scale and making some changes.
The upper corners contain northern and southern celestial maps and the lower corners show north and south polar projections. In the bottom center are astronomical diagrams: a geocentric one on the left (after Ptolomy of Alexandria) and a Copernican one on the right. The top center vignette shows the sun encircled by a zodiacal ring. Between the maps and diagrams are four vignettes with allegorical depictions of the Four Elements (air, fire, earth and water). The map also includes Baroque decorations of garlands of fruit and flowers.