Auction 108, Lot 79

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1631 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
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. Merian's bold engraving style copies the cartography of Jodocus Hondius' map of 1631. 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.

Condition: A

A very sharp early impression. Professionally backed with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/29/2004

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