"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula", Merian, Matthaus
Period: 1638 (circa)
Publication: Neuwe Archontologia cosmica
Color: Hand Color
14 x 10.5 inches
35.6 x 26.7 cm
This beautifully engraved world map is presented on Mercator's projection with cartography closely copied from Blaeu's world map of 1606. The Latin title is printed at top, outside the neatline. A German gothic script title and notation concerning the discovery of the Americas in 1492 covers the unknown interior of North America. California is a peninsula, and plenty of open ended waterways in the eastern part of North America leave open the question of a Northwest Passage. Two polar projections in lower corners partially obscure the great southern landmass that is connected with New Guinea. The map is finely decorated with sea monsters, galleons and compass roses.
References: Shirley #345.
A long tear at bottom left that extends just past the equator has been professionally repaired. Remargined at right, with a minor amount of map image in facsimile. Light show-through of old manuscript text on verso and a few minor chips and tears in blank margins that have been professionally repaired.