Auction 133, Lot 63

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1631 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.6 x 14 inches
44.7 x 35.6 cm

This is the uncommon, larger, version of Merian's map of the Americas. Merian's bold engraving style copies the cartography of Jodocus Hondius' map of 1631. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent too wide and there is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Insets of the Polar Regions are set in strapwork cartouches. The map is finely decorated with a title cartouche featuring human skulls and bones, representing the legendary cannibalism of the Americas, and the seas are teeming with ships, sea battles and fierce sea monsters. Printed on 2 joined sheets, as issued, which is unusual for this size map.

References: Burden #235, Tooley (Amer) p. 299.

Condition: A

Sharp impression with light soil. Issued folded, now flattened with the bottom horizontal fold expertly reinforced and it has been remargined at right.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/1/2010