Auction 119, Lot 390

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes, a C. de May usque ad Lineam Aequinoctialem", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22 x 18 inches
55.9 x 45.7 cm

This superb map of the Caribbean covers the region from the Chesapeake through the Gulf of Mexico, with Central America and the northern part of South America. Two lovely cartouches with cherubs and mermaids decorate opposite corners. Eight ships sail the seas and three native canoes are depicted off the coast of North America. A number of interesting cartographic myths appear on the map. These include two large nonexistent lakes in the region of western Georgia, a non-existent mountain range extending from the Piedmonts right across the continent, and the archetypal cartographic myth, Manoa o' El Dorado (the golden city), located on Lacus Parime vel Roponowini in Guyana.

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Condition: B

Nice impression. Professional repair of tears, just right of top centerfold, in lower right border, and in lower right corner.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 5/9/2007

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