Apianus, Charta Cosmographica, cum Ventorum... Antwerp, circa 1553. 7¼" x 10¾." BW. Lightly age-toned with some marginal staining and a faint yellow stain at upper center. Remnants of old mounts verso. Block 2 (of 3) with border text in Latin and Dutch. $4,500.00
A cordiform world map reportedly based on Gemma Frisius' now lost 1540 map. Basic geographical information but elaborate decoration related to the winds delight the eye. The right graticule is filled with figures of the Zodiac, and the central vignette above the map pairs Zeus with the Holy Roman Emperor (probably Charles V), dressed in classical armor. Special attention is given to depictions of the wind gods, some looking benign and blowing gusts filled with sunshine, snow or flowers. Others are menacing, one spewing sculls. Additional embellishments include ships, sea monsters and a mermaid. Formerly the property of Jean-Michel Cousteau, oceanographic explorer and son of Jacques Cousteau. Shirley, World 82; 96
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