Auction 117, Lot 417

"Terra Nova, ac Maris Tractus circa Novam Franciam, Angliam, Belgium, Venezuelam Novam Andalusiam Guinam et Brasiliam - Terra Neuf, en de Custen van Nieu Vranckryck, Nieu Engeland, Nieu Nederland, Nieu Andalusia, Guiana en Venezuela", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Atlantic Ocean

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication: Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.2 x 19 inches
56.4 x 48.3 cm

Magnificent sea chart of the western Atlantic Ocean showing the coastlines of North America from Cape Charles, Maryland to Newfoundland, and the West Indies to the northern coast of Brazil. Oriented by two compass roses with north to the left; the Azores and Cape Verde Islands are at the top of the map. It is richly decorated with two large cartouches (Latin and Dutch) surrounded by figures of explorers, natives, sea monsters and exotic animals. In the sea are sailing ships, including a raging sea battle, rhumb lines and compass roses.

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Condition: A

Very dark impression with lovely old color. Tiny tissue reinforcement on verso of minute verdigris crack. Couple of stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/6/2006

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