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Auction 126, Lot 73

"Americae tam Septentrionalis quam Meridionalis in Mappa Geographica Delineatio…", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm
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This uncommon map of the Americas was engraved by A.F. Zurner, based largely on the cartography of Visscher and Sanson. California is shown as an island with an indented northern coast on the Sanson model with the inclusion of three place names in Southern California: S. Isidoro, Gigante and N S del la Guadalupe. The map is embellished with two superb pictorial cartouches. The title cartouche, flanked by two Native Americans, conveniently hides Terra Esonis Incognita that stretches out towards Asia and the Fretum Anian that separates it from California. The large vignette at bottom shows explorers seated around a table, natives worshiping in a temple, a battle, and the figure of America displaying the wealth of the hemisphere. Latin text enclosed in the cartouche discusses the explorations of Columbus and Vesputius, and the Catholic missions.

References: McLaughlin #166; Tooley (Amer) p.128, #67, plt #52; Wagner (NW) #490.

Condition: B

There are some damp stains in the borders and a few repaired edge tears in the margins. There is evidence of a crack in the copper plate with ink residue in the upper left corner.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,250

Closed on 12/3/2008