"Americae tam Septentrionalis quam Meridionalis in Mappa Geographica Delineatio…", Schenk, Pieter
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1709 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm
This uncommon map of the Americas, engraved by A.F. Zurner, is 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. Latin text enclosed in the cartouche discusses the explorations of Columbus and Vesputius, and the Catholic missions. 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.
References: McLaughlin #166; Tooley (Amer) p.128, #67, plt #52; Wagner (NW) #490.
There is a minor repair on the bottom centerfold and a tiny abrasion to the left of the title cartouche, else very good with a strong impression and attractive color.