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Auction 102, Lot 77

"America", Ortelius/Coignet

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum Abrahami Ortelij

Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 3.2 inches
11.9 x 8.1 cm

In 1601 Johannes Keerhergen produced a competitive version of Ortelius' miniature atlas. The maps were engraved by the brothers Ambrosius and Ferdinand Arsenius and Michel Coignet supplied the text. The map is lacking a great deal of detail but is interesting for a number of spurious rivers in North America, most notably two in Virginia, several feeding into the Gulf of California and the R. Grande on the west coast near Quivera. The map is decorated with a large ship and several sea monsters and is surrounded in a strapwork border.

References: Burden #143.

Condition: A

Minor soil in margins.

Estimate: $800 - $900


Closed on 3/5/2003