"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1640 (circa)
Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica
Color: Hand Color
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.
Light impression on some place names, otherwise very good with very attractive color. Narrow, but adequate right margin.