Auction 113, Lot 79

"Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio", Ram, Johannes de

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1685 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 17.5 inches
56.4 x 44.5 cm

Very scarce derivative of Nicolas Visscher's influential map of the Americas. While the basic composition follows Visscher, there are some interesting geographical differences. California is shown as a large island on the second Sanson model with a small Aqubela de Cato peninsula to the north of the island and blank beyond. In the Southwest, the Rio del Norto flows from a large interior lake, and empties into to the sea between the mainland and California. The Great Lakes region is completely blank. In South America, Parime Lacus is prominent and the Eupana Lacus spawns three huge rivers, one flowing north, one east and the other south. The cartouches are derived from De Wit with the title wrapped in sugar cane, a compass rose at top, and a bull's hide and tobacco roll among the offerings at the chief's feet.

References: McLaughlin #94; Tooley (Amer) #47; Wagner (NW) #437.

Condition: A

Fine impression and original color with a bit of very faint offsetting. Minor fold separation at bottom, not affecting map.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 12/7/2005