|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||van der Aa, Pieter after van Meurs, Jacob|
|Dimensions||260 x 345 mm|
Jacob van Meurs 1660 map of the world in two hemispheres, reissued by Pieter van der Aa with his own name in the title for Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde. The globe is divided into the New and Old Worlds, with the coasts and borders of the continents outlined in hand colour. The northern coasts of Japan are omitted, northern Australia is shown joined to New Guinea, as Greenland is to Canada, California is conspicuous as an island, and the phantom island of Frisland is included at the extreme top right of the left hemisphere. The spaces left between the hemispheres and outer border of the map are filled with personifications of the four elements, and Night and Day. Meurs' original of this map was a reduced copy of Arnold Colom's world map from the Colom family's Zee-Atlas of the mid 1650s. Major cartographic changes are mostly limited to the southern hemisphere, where much of the speculative coast of Magellanica has been replaced by the actual coastlines of western and northern Australia, southern Tasmania, and western New Zealand. Aside from adding his own name to the title, van der Aa's only other change is the replacement of Meurs' Dutch title with the French: Nouveau Carte du Monde.
Pieter van der Aa (1659 – 1733) was a Dutch publisher, best known for preparing maps and atlases. Despite producing his own work, van der Aa is also known for his production of pirated editions of illustrated publications and foreign bestsellers. Beginning his career as a Latin trade publisher in Leiden in 1683, van der Aa's ambition was to one day become the most famous printer in the city. In 1715, van der Aa was appointed the head printer for Leiden and its university.
Jacob van Meurs (1619-1680) was a Dutch publisher, bookseller, printmaker, and engraver, best known for his work engraving plates for the travel writers and geographers Johan Nieuhof, Olfert Dapper, and Arnoldus Montanus, whose books he published in numerous editions from his printworks in Amsterdam.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Wide margins. Rubesced edges to sheet, as issued. Minor offsetting to margins. Repaired puncture to bottom left corner.