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Auction 109, Lot 73

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1631 (circa)

Publication: Newe Welt Vnd Americanische Historien

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 14.7 inches
49.5 x 37.3 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; Nordenskiold #471-2.

Condition: A

Very strong impression. Two sheets joined and folded as issued. Couple of light spots and manuscript brown ink in blank margin, not affecting map.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 12/1/2004