Auction 126, Lot 70

"Americae Descriptio", Cluver/Jansson

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1676 (circa)

Publication: Introductionis in Universam Geographicam

Color: Hand Color

8 x 5.5 inches
20.3 x 14 cm

A delicately engraved little map of the Americas prominently featuring the island of California and a strait to the north hinting at a Northwest Passage. The east coast of North America is also very incorrect with New England practically missing and there are no Great Lakes. Most of the Pacific Ocean is shown including the western coastline of New Zealand. Above Japan, the coasts of Esoand Comps. Land lie next to one of the many tiny ships that dot the seas. Native Americans and Europeans with trade goods surround the title cartouche.

References: Burden #470; McLaughlin #60.

Condition: A

Nice impression and color.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/3/2008