"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: 1682 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 18 inches
56.6 x 45.7 cm
This superb map of the Caribbean and the West Indies 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, and a non-existent mountain range extending from the Piedmonts right across the North American continent. In South America, the archetypal cartographic myth, Manoa o' El Dorado (the golden city), is located on the shores of the Lacus Parime vel Roponowini in Guyana. This is the second state with the addition of the privilege in the cartouche.
References: Burden (II) #531.
Velvety impression and excellent color on a strong sheet. There is a repaired pinhole just under the cartouche, and the centerfold has been reinforced. A very nice example.