Auction 127, Lot 69

"Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1688 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.2 inches
57.9 x 48.8 cm

This is a close derivative of Nicolas Visscher's influential map of the Americas. However, the island of California and the Great Lakes are shown on the Sanson model. In the Southwest, the Rio del Norto flows from a large interior lake and empties into the sea between the mainland and California. In South America, Parime Lacus is prominent and a battle scene and village appear in the Brazilian interior. In the South Pacific a large Quiri Regio coastline is located below the Salomon Islands. The map is embellished with two large cartouches that were also copied from Visscher. The top cartouche 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. The only change De Wit made was that the chief is standing on the left rather than on the right as in Visscher's composition. This is the sixth state.

References: Burden #465; McLaughlin #49-2; Tooley p. 120 #31; Wheat [TMW] #52.

Condition: C

An attractive map with original color that has oxidized and damaged the paper. The map has been professionally backed with Japanese tissue to support the cracks along the green color lines where there is a little paper loss. The map is now stabilized and would present well when framed.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,500

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/25/2009