Auction 113, Lot 92

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes, a C. de May usque ad Lineam Aequinoctialem", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1658 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 18 inches
56.4 x 45.7 cm

Marvelous map focused on the Caribbean and covering the region from Chesapeake Bay through the Gulf of Mexico, with Central America and the northern part of South America. Two decorative cartouches with cherubs and mermaids adorn opposite corners. Eight ships sail the seas and three native canoes are depicted off the coast of North America. A number of interesting cartographic myths appear on the map, including two large nonexistent lakes in the region of western Georgia, a mountain range extending from the Piedmonts right across the continent, and the archetypal cartographic myth, El Dorado, located on Lacus Parime in Guyana.

References: Portinaro & Knirsch #82.

Condition: B

Very faint uneven toning, else very good with fine original color.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/7/2005