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[World] Blaeu / Valk, Novus Planiglobii Terrestris Per Utrumque Polum Conspectus. Amsterdam, ca. 1695. 15 x 21. Full original color. Some cracking due to pigment oxidation, supported with Japan tissue, else VG. The plate for this beautiful polar projection map was created for Joan Blaeu but not published by him, probably because of the fire of 1672 which destroyed his business. The plate survived however and Valk used it in his atlases. Blaeu's imprint was imperfectly erased and can be seen faintly on some early impressions including ours, though Blaeu's name is not legible. The Island of California and a partial Australia appear. Celestial bodies fill the top of the map; at lower right Adam names the animals; on the left Eve emerges from Adam's rib. Koeman, Joan Blaeu and His Grand Atlas, 93-96; Shirley #459. SOLD

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