Bormeester Map of the World (1685)
1685 hemisphere map of the World by Dutch publisher Joachim Bormeester. The East and West hemispheres are depicted, with the North and South Poles shown above and below the main map. Full title: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. A. J. Bormeester.
More about the world map with coordinates and countries
An ideal world map room decor is the 1685 published Bormeester map of the world that combines East and West hemispheres, with the North and South Poles. What makes the map interesting are the colourful 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. 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. 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. In the Eastern Hemisphere, Africa is displayed according to the 17th century conceptions of the interior. The source of the Nile depicted here conforms to the Ptolemaic double lake theory prevalent at the time. The Niger River system passes through several enormous lakes which are entirely conjectural. Other interior detail in the African continent is extensive but wholly inaccurate. In Asia the Great Wall of China is displayed. Korea is shown as an island. Kamtschaka is not present though Siberia does extend eastward slightly into the Western Hemisphere.
Further south, Australia is recognizable if only sketchily mapped. 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.
1685 hemisphere map of the World by Dutch publisher Joachim Bormeester. The East and West hemispheres are depicted, with the North and South Poles shown above and below the main map. Full title: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. A. J. Bormeester. The world map with countries and oceans is an appealing map by Artokoloro and can be purchased in laminated, matte plastic and paper.
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