Meur's Decorative Map of the Americas with California as an Island
"Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio", Meurs, Jacob van
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1673 (circa)
Publication: Die Unbekante Neue Welt, oder Beschreibung des Welt-teils Amerika
Color: Black & White
21 x 16.8 inches
53.3 x 42.7 cm
Uncommon and exceptionally decorative map of the Americas based largely on Visscher's map of 1658. California is shown as a large island after Henry Brigg's map with the Pacific coastline continuing northeast toward the Straet Anian, which separates it from Anian. The interior is lacking any of the recent French discoveries and there is one huge, open-ended, Great Lake and a confused system of rivers in the Mississippi valley. 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. The most outstanding features of the map are the beautifully engraved decorative details that include numerous vignettes of wildlife, Indian battles, sailing ships and two large cartouches. At bottom, the title is surrounded by Native Americans trading with Europeans and filling the North Pacific is a lavish scene of Neptune and his consort in a chariot surrounded by his entourage and putti.
References: Burden #430; McLaughlin #50; Tooley (AM) #36, plt. 43.
Issued folding and now flattened with light offsetting and printer's ink residue, several short fold separations have been closed with archival tape on verso, and a small 0.5" hole in an unengraved area above New Zealand that has been professionally repaired. Binding trim at lower left has been replaced with old paper.