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Auction 118, Lot 509

"Terra Nova, ac Maris Tractus circa Novam Franciam, Angliam, Belgium, Venezuelam Novam Andalusiam, Guianam 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

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, (with one riding an alligator) sea monsters and exotic animals, including an armadillo. In the sea are sailing ships, including a raging sea battle, rhumb lines and compass roses.


Condition: B

Nice impression and color. Repaired tears at the top, just entering map, on either side of the centerfold. Hinge remnants on verso, couple small chips in lower, blank margin.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 3/6/2007