Auction 124, Lot 324

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris Adiacentibus", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld…

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 11.2 inches
36.1 x 28.4 cm

This is the first edition of this outstanding map of the West Indies that also incorporates the eastern coast of North America from the Chesapeake Bay through the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the northern coast of South America. The cartography is based on Hessel Gerritsz' chart of 1631 and Blaeu's map of 1634. The scenic title cartouche fills the North American continent and an equally graphic scale of miles cartouche fills the interior of South America, each surrounded by Native Americans and European merchants. The seas are embellished with rhumb lines, ships and compass roses.

References: Burden #414.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with narrow margins touching the neatline on the right and left as is typical of this issue. Faint damp stain in lower margin, not affecting the map. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 5/7/2008