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Mitchell King Atlas, 1662-1695

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01. Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula
01. Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula This double hemisphere map by Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) is accompanied by two small hemispheres based on the North and South Poles. The South Pole only includes the southernmost tip of South America. The North Pole shows parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Four scenes surround the map and symbolize the four elements: fire, air, earth and water. In the upper left scene fire is symbolized with a scene of war and destruction and by Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guarded the gate to Hades. The upper right scene is of air with Olympus and the zodiac. The bottom left depicts earth with a pastoral scene symbolizing peace. Ships, a sea monster (whale), Neptune with his wife Amphitrite and their sons, the Tritons, all represent water in the lower right scene. "M King" 1811" written on upper right. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.