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Auction 107, Lot 62

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14 x 10.8 inches
35.6 x 27.4 cm
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Fine example of one of the many derivatives of Jodocus Hondius' map. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent entirely too wide. There is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Small inset of Greenland. Strapwork title cartouche with a sea monster and Spanish galleons decorate the map. Merian prepared this reduced version of his 1631 map for the German translation of Pierre d'Avity's Les Empires du Monde and it accompanied other works of the period including Theatrum Europaeum. Merian's signature at lower right.

References: Burden #251.

Condition: A

Clean crisp impression with a bit of very faint soil. Margins extended at both sides else fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300


Closed on 6/9/2004