Catalog Archive
Auction 109, Lot 75

"Carte de l'Amerique Corrigee et augmentee dessus toutes les aultres cy devant Faictes", Bertius, Petrus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1646 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.7 inches
49.5 x 37.3 cm

This is a scarce derivative of Hondius' influential map of 1618. This map was originally drawn by Petrus Bertius in 1624 (the first state of which is now extremely rare). This is the third state, published by Pierre Mariette. In this and the second state, the entire west coast was re-engraved above Baja California with the legend Pays Non Encore Descoverts (land not yet discovered). This reflects the then current controversy over whether or not California was an island. The map is finely ornamented with galleons, sea monsters, vignettes in the interior of South America, two insets, and a ribbon draped title cartouche.

References: Burden #209.

Condition: A

Professionally reinforced bottom margin including paper replacement at corners and a couple of minor tears into neatline.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200


Closed on 12/1/2004