Auction 116, Lot 79

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 10.8 inches
35.6 x 27.4 cm

This is a fine example of one of the many derivatives 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 entirely too wide. There is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. The small inset of Greenland has a different perspective from Hondius' map. Strapwork title cartouche, sea monsters and Spanish galleons decorate the map. Merian's signature is at lower right.

References: Burden #251.

Condition: A

Light impression on some place names, otherwise very good with very attractive color. Narrow, but adequate right margin.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/20/2006

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