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Auction 141, Lot 73

"America sive India Nova ad Magnae Gerardi Mercatoris aui Universalis Imitationem in Compendium Redacta", Mercator, Michael

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Atlantis Pars Altera

Color: Hand Color

18 x 14.5 inches
45.7 x 36.8 cm

This is one of the most famous maps of the Americas and an important foundation map for an American map collection. After the death of his grandfather, Michael Mercator produced this stunning hemispherical map, the only known printed map attributed to him. The map is surrounded by a beautifully engraved floral design and four roundels, one of which contains the title. The other insets include the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, and Haiti. The geography was patterned after Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with a little added detail. There is a large inland lake in Canada, and the St Lawrence River extends nearly halfway across the continent with no Great Lakes. There is a still a bulge in the west coast of South America. The large southern continent extends above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Pacific where there is a very large island of New Guinea. Above North America are two of the four islands of the North Pole, with the great mythical rivers flowing from the pole. The seas are full of mythical islands, including St. Brendain, Frislant and Sept citez. Latin text on verso with page number 39 and signature M, indicating it was published between 1613-1630.

References: Burden #87.

Condition: B+

Attractive old color on watermarked paper with wide margins and a few very thin extraneous creases adjacent to the centerfold. There is a centerfold separation at top that extends 2.25" into the image that has been repaired with archival material. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $4,750 - $6,000

Sold for: $3,500

Closed on 9/5/2012