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1710 Van Der Aa Planisphere

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"Planispherium Terrestre"

Published by Pieter van der Aa, 1710

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 

This reproduction of the finely hand-colored copperplate engraving of "Planispherium Terrestre" was originally published by Pieter van der Aa in 1710. The projection is azimuthal equidistant, centered on the North Pole, and represents an important step in the history of map making.

Although considered to be the first strictly scientific map of the world, despite its cartographic sophistication, it still incorrectly shows California as an island.

Based on a previous map by Cassini, van der Aa added large classical figures in the four corners, surpassing his predecessor in artistic excellence.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.