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Auction 106, Lot 77

"Americae tam Septentrionalis quam Meridionalis in Mappa Geographica Delineatio…", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.7 inches
58.4 x 50 cm
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An uncommon map of the Americas with two superb pictorial (uncolored) cartouches. Engraved by A.F. Zurner and based largely on Visscher and Sanson. California is shown as an Island with an indented northern coast on the Sanson model with the inclusion of three place names in Southern California: S. Isidoro, Gigante and N S del la Guadalupe. The title cartouche, flanked by two Native Americans, conveniently hides Terra Esonis Incognita that stretches out towards Asia and the Fretum Anian separates it from California. A large vignette at bottom shows explorers seated around a table, natives worshiping in a temple, a battle, and the figure of America displaying the wealth of the hemisphere. Latin text enclosed in the cartouche discusses the explorations of Columbus and Vesputius, and Catholic missions.

References: McLaughlin #166; Tooley, p.128, #67, plt #52; Wagner (NW) #490.

Condition: A

Original color. Light mat burn in blank margins, well away from map. Professional repair of minor fold separation.

Estimate: $2,400 - $2,500

Sold for: $2,100

Closed on 3/3/2004