Auction 116, Lot 78

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1631 (circa)


Color: Black & White

17.3 x 14 inches
43.9 x 35.6 cm

This is the uncommon, larger, version of Merian's map of the Americas. Merian's bold engraving style copies the cartography of Jodocus Hondius' map of 1618. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent too wide and there is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Insets of the Polar Regions are set in strapwork cartouches. The map is finely decorated with a title cartouche featuring human skulls and bones to represent cannibalism and the seas are teeming with ships, sea battles and fierce sea monsters.

References: Burden #235, Tooley (Amer) p. 299.

Condition: A

Clean sharp impression. Margins have been trimmed to within 1/8" of neatlines with some paper restoration in margins and expert facsimile of neatlines, otherwise nearly fine. Professionally encapsulated in a Mylar sleeve.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 9/20/2006