"America Noviter Delineata", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1638 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 11 inches
36.3 x 27.9 cm
Merian prepared this reduced version of his 1631 map for the German translation of Pierre d'Avity's Les Empires du Monde and it accompanied other works of the period including Theatrum Europaeum. It is one of the many derivatives of Jodocus Hondius' map of 1618. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent entirely too wide, and there is an odd, dramatic bulge around Mendocino. There is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Greenland, Iceland and the fictitious Frislandia are shown in a small inset map. Strapwork title cartouche, sea monsters and Spanish galleons decorate the map. Merian's imprint is located at lower right.
References: Burden #251.
A sharp impression on paper with a watermark of the Ravensburg castle and a few short tears in the blank margins.