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Auction 156, Lot 68

Scarce Derivative of Hondius' Map of 1618

"Carte de l'Amerique Corrigee, et Augmentee, Dessus Toutes les Aultres cy Devant Faictes Lannee 1640", Bertius, Petrus

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1640 (dated)


Color: Black & White

19.8 x 15.1 inches
50.3 x 38.4 cm

Very scarce derivative of Hondius' influential map of 1618. This map was originally drawn by Petrus Bertius in 1624 (the first state of which is now extremely rare). This is the second state with an interesting alteration in North America. The entire west coast has been re-engraved above Baja California with the legend Pays Non Encore Descoverts (land not yet discovered). This reflects the then current controversy over whether or not California was an island. Another improvement over Hondius' map of 1618 is the completion of the southern coastline of Tierra del Fuego. There is not a lot of detail along the eastern coast in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Southwest the famous seven cities of Cibola appear on the banks of a large spurious lake. In South America, the mythical Parime Lac appears as a large inland sea in Guiana and there are two engraved scenes, one detailing a cannibalistic feast and the other showing a mythical giant of Patagonia. Two stylized insets of the polar regions are enclosed in strapwork cartouches; the North Pole depicts Frobisher's theory of the Northwest Passage and the South Pole shows the long-held notion of the mythical southern continent. The map is finely ornamented with galleons, sea monsters, and a ribbon-draped title cartouche.

References: Burden #209.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper. Issued folding, now pressed, with minor printer's ink residue and a couple of minute professional repairs along the folds. An exceptionally nice example.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/17/2016