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Auction 125, Lot 83

"Americae Nova Descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Praecipuarum Universi Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 2.6 inches
10.9 x 6.6 cm

This tiny map is based on Ortelius and updated with more recent nomenclature such as Virginia, Nova Granata, and Terra Nova. One interesting feature is the depiction of the Amazon River running across the entire South American continent. Terra Australis incognita appears above the title cartouche. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Historiae Universalis Auctorium, which was often bound with the Praecipuarum Universi. Bucelin's maps are quite scarce. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #329; King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: A

Some printer's ink residue, else fine.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/24/2008