"America Aurea Pars Altera Mundi", Valck, Gerard and Leonard
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23.4 x 19 inches
59.4 x 48.3 cm
Large decorative map featuring the Island of California with only an engraved line of Terra Esonis hinting at a landmass stretching northwestward toward Asia. The interior is densely engraved with mountains, forests, place names and Indian tribes. The large (uncolored) title cartouche features a native queen with a feather headdress, surrounded by native flora and fauna, receiving a kneeling subject. The cartography of the map is very close to Allard's map of 1700 and the cartouche is nearly identical.
References: McLaughlin #176; Tooley p. 128, #68, plt. 53; Wagner (NW) #496.
Professional repair of fold separation and a tiny wormhole. Trimmed nearly to neatlines at sides.