c. 1670 – F. de Wit – Nova Orbis Tabula


Title:                      “Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita A. F. de Wit


This is one of the extremely decorative and rare double-hemispherical world maps of the late seventeenth century, first state. The corners are filled with images of the seasons, the zodiac, and the elements, all combined within four well-composed vignettes. At top left is a personification of Spring, who also represents Virgo, with the element of Air billowing her robes. The bull of Taurus and the ram of Aries are shown to the right. The top right vignette represents Fall, with the shore in the background including the element Water. A putti holds a crab representing Cancer, and the lion of Leo is held by another. The twins of Gemini flank the inset of the North pole at top. The lower left scene presents summer and Earth with a wine-imbibing Bacchus held aloft by putti, while one of his devotees is dramatically ill in the foreground. The signs for Scorpio and Libra are held by two followers, while Sagittarius gallops in the background. The lower right scene presents winter holding court with the element of Fire shown to the left. Aquarius is represented by a child pouring water, while another holds a fishing pole with the double fish of Pisces and a goat representing Capricorn is pulled by another.

Australia and New Zealand are charted to include the discoveries of Tasman from both voyages in 1642-43 & 1644. California is shown as an island.


The map comes from Frederick de Wit​ atlas “Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas…” published in Amsterdam, c. 1670.


Cartographer:   Frederick de Wit​ (1630 – 1706)

Sheet size:          51,0 x 61,0 cm

Plate size:          47,8 x 58,0 cm

Year:                   c. 1670

Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition. Contemporary coloring. Middle fold and marginal restorations on verso.


This is an original antique map published circa 1670 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


On your request we will provide a Certificate of Authenticity

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