Auction 110, Lot 63

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

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1640 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 14.8 inches
49.8 x 37.6 cm

Very 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 second state with an interesting alteration in North America. The entire west coast has been 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 or South America, two insets, and a ribbon draped title cartouche.

References: Burden #209.

Condition: B

Issued folded, now pressed. Map has been trimmed to neat line on two sides with margins extended. 7" binding tear has been well repaired.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 3/2/2005