Auction 113, Lot 93

"Indiarum Occidentalium Tractus Littorales cum Insulis Caribicis ... Pascaert van Westindien ende Caribise Eylanden", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Colonial America

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication: Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas

Color: Hand Color

22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 cm

This is one of the most beautifully engraved maps of the West Indies extending to show the coastline of North America to New England. There is a wealth of navigational information including sandbanks and shoals. The chart is a masterpiece of decorative engraving with illustrations of sailing vessels, a compass rose and two elaborate title cartouches (Latin and Dutch), one showing cannibalism.

References: Burden #468.

Condition: A

Superb impression and original color. Faint damp stain at top that is unobtrusive and offset by the lovely impression and color.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,750

Sold for: $3,500

Closed on 12/7/2005