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Auction 161, Lot 83

One of the Earliest Maps Devoted to North America

"Novi Orbis pars Borealis, America Scilicet, Complectens Floridam, Baccalaon, Canadam, Terram Corterialem...", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Black & White

11.7 x 9 inches
29.7 x 22.9 cm
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Very unusual map based on Cornelis de Jode's Americae Pars Borealis. It makes use of both John White and Jacques le Moyne's east coast cartography, but continues de Jode's inaccurate depiction of Virginia. Charlesfort is shown on the r. de Gallo with St. Helena just to the south. In the north is a Northwest Passage, and in the center is the Lago de Conibas. To the west of Florida is a curious second peninsula named Apalaco. The map is fully engraved with mountains, forests and cities with numerous notations throughout. Below the map is a panel of Latin text describing the various explorations. Engraved by Johannes Bussemacher. Blank verso.

References: Burden #133; Cumming #24.

Condition: A

An excellent, dark impression on watermarked paper with minor creasing in the blank margins.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 2/8/2017