First State of Rare Map by Dancker Danckerts
"Americae Nova Discriptio", Danckerts, Family
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1661 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
20.9 x 16.9 inches
53.1 x 42.9 cm
This extremely rare map of the American continent was published by Dancker Danckerts, the eldest son of Cornelis. It appears to be derived from De Wit's carte-a-figures map from 1660, although with the borders omitted and extending the map further to the north to include all of Baffins Bay. The island of California is depicted on the Luke Foxe model, and the only hint of the Great Lakes is a large, open-ended lake that connects to the St. Lawrence River. Nieu Neder Land occupies the eastern seaboard and there is no mention of any English settlement other than the name Virginia. In South America a large river and lake system provides the boundary of Brazil, with the mythical lake Eupana Lacus. A second mythical lake, Parime Lacus, is shown along the equator. Danckerts retained De Wit's decorative elements in the map, with a title cartouche bearing a native Indian mounted on an armadillo, and Neptune frolicking in the Pacific with mermaids and sea horses. There are four states of this map, all of which are rare, this being the first state.
References: Burden #362.
A nice impression on very heavy paper with an elephant watermark. There is minor toning, one tiny worm hole, a printer's crease at top left, an extraneous crease at bottom right, and an archivally repaired tear that enters less than 1" into map at bottom.