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One of the Finest Charts Showing California as an Island

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Lot 708
By: Frederick de Wit
Subject: Pacific Ocean, California
Date: 1680 (circa)

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Condition Code: B+

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Color: hand color

Size: 22.3 x 19.3 inches
         56.7 x 49.1 cm


    This is the first state of De Wit's superb mariner's chart of the Pacific Ocean showing the island of California. California is depicted with an indented northern coast on the second Sanson model, copied from Pieter Goos' Paskaerte van Nova Granada, en t'Eylandt California from 1666. The important Dutch discoveries are noted on the northern coast of Australia, Carpentaria, New Guinea, Anthoni van Diemens Landt (Tasmania) and New Zealand. North of Japan the discoveries of De Vries are shown along with disembodied sections of 't Land van Eso and Compagnies Lant. De Wit has omitted the chain of islands and hypothetical coastline of the southern continent that is commonly found on maps of this period. Instead he has presented a fairly good view of the few known Pacific Island groups. The chart is adorned with rhumb lines, sailing ships, sea battles and a compass rose. The allegorical title cartouche features a portrait of Magellan, cherubs, and Neptune with a female consort riding a brace of sea-horses. This chart covers an area from the equator to 50N.Lat. and south to 45S. Lat.

Condition Description: A dark, crisp impression with attractive color, light offsetting, and one small paper flaw above the title cartouche.

Ref: McLaughlin #59; Tooley (Australia) #1371; Tooley (Amer) p. 122, #40.

Estimate:
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