Auction 124, Lot 57

"Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1670 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.5 x 17.2 inches
54.6 x 43.7 cm

Visscher's map greatly influenced the cartography of the Americas both geographically and artistically. One of the most distinctive geographic details copied by other cartographers is the large open lake in the Great Lakes region. Visscher actually copied this from Blaeu's wall map of the world [1648], but popularized it on this map. California is shown as an island, on the Briggs model , but with a broader northern coastline. The map is embellished with two large cartouches that were also copied by other cartographers. The top cartouche features a dedication to Cornelis Witsen and depicts angels struggling with a devil for the soul of a Native American. The pictorial title cartouche contains scenes of gold panning, hunting and a native chief standing beneath an umbrella.

References: Burden #332; McLaughlin #48; Tooley (Amer) p. 119, #29; Wagner (NW) #378.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a sheet with some faint irregular toning. The centerfold has been professionally reinforced.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 5/7/2008

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