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  • MUSEUM QUALITY INKS AND PAPER: Printed on thick 192gsm heavyweight matte paper with archival giclee inks, this historic fine art will decorate your wall for years to come.
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An extremely scarce 1684 double hemisphere world by Dutch map publisher Joachim Bormeester. Depicts the world on hemisphere projection with polar projections to the top and bottom of the main map. Surrounded by allegorical images and border decorations with a classical theme. Heavily based upon, but much rarer than, the Visscher world map of 1658, with similar cartography and Nicholas Berchem's border designs. We begin our survey of this map in North America. California is depicted as an island. The American northwest is largely blank and unexplored though the land of Anian does appear in the extreme northwest. Anian, first mentioned in the journals of Marco Polo, is the semi-mythical land one arrives at having transited the Northwest Passage. Heading east, the Great Lakes are shown as a single massive inland lake with no western boundary. Southward finds us in South America where both the Amazon and the Rio de la Plata meet in a great lake. Another mysterious and vast inland lake appears in what is roughly modern day Guiana and Venezuela. The Pacific offers a few interesting destination. New Zealand appears only as a line of coast with no northern southern or eastern borders. Several islands dot the South Pacific, but any connection with true geography here seems entirely conjectural. Antarctica remains undiscovered. In the northern polar projection no suggestion is made of Northwest Passage. Surrounded by elaborate classical motif border images originally drawn by Berchem for Visscher's map. These include the Rape of Persephone, Zeus in his chariot, Demeter offering the gifts of the Earth, and Poseidon riding his chariot out of the sea. An extremely scarce find. This map has only appeared twice in the last 30 years and appears in the catalogs of almost no major collections.

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