Auction 126, Lot 68

"Carte de l'Amerique Corrigee et augmentee dessus toutes les aultres cy devant Faictes", Bertius, Petrus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1646 (dated)

Publication: Theatre geographique de France

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm

Scarce, reduced scale derivative of Hondius' influential map of 1618 by Petrus Bertius, here in the third state, published by Mariette. The map improves on Hondius by completing the coastline of Tierra del Fuego. California is still shown as a peninsula, although the Baja Peninsula is now isolated by two nearly crossed rivers, opening the possibility that it may be an island. The western coast of America is only a suggestion with a dotted line, and a note that it has not yet been discovered (Pays non Encore Des Couvertes). There is a large lake in New Mexico, surrounded by the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola, here noted as Sept Cevola. The Great Lakes are only suggested, and the region of New England is named Norumbega. Two large lakes, Eupana and Parime are shown in the interior of South America, where there are numerous vignettes of the natives. There are insets of both the North and South Poles. The South Pole is a large continent, with two places noted; Beach Province, from the reports of Marco Polo, and Pays des Paroquets (Country of the Parakeets). The North Pole has the typical cartography of the time, with a bit of information from James' and Hudson's expeditions shown. A number of ships and a sea monster patrol the seas.

References: Burden #209.

Condition: B+

A good impression with attractive old color. The bottom margin has loss in corners and several tears repaired and professionally reinforced on verso.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 12/3/2008