Auction 114, Lot 306

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

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication: Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas

Color: Black & White

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

This is one of the most beautifully engraved maps of the West Indies. It extends to show the coastline of North America nearly 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. Professional and near invisible repair of tear just to the right of centerfold.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,750

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 3/1/2006