"America noviter delineata", Cloppenburg, Johannes
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1655 (circa)
Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien
Color: Hand Color
17.3 x 13.9 inches
43.9 x 35.3 cm
This is the uncommon, larger, version of Merian's map of the Americas (see previous lot). Merian's bold engraving style copies the cartography 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 too wide and there is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Insets of the polar regions are set in strapwork cartouches. The map is finely decorated with a title cartouche featuring human skulls and bones to represent cannibalism and the seas are teeming with ships, sea battles and fierce sea monsters.
References: Burden #235, Tooley (Amer) p. 299.
Issued folding, now pressed with a minor repair on one fold. Impression is a bit uneven.