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Auction 164, Lot 49

"Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1658 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.6 x 17.2 inches
54.9 x 43.7 cm
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Visscher's map greatly influenced the cartography of the Americas both geographically and artistically. One of the most distinctive geographic details copied by other cartographers is the large open lake in the Great Lakes region. Visscher actually copied this from Blaeu's wall map of the world [1648], but popularized it on this map. California is shown as an island, on the Briggs model, but with a broader northern coastline. The map is embellished with two large cartouches that were also copied by other cartographers. The top cartouche features a dedication to Cornelius Witsen and depicts angels struggling with a devil for the soul of a Native American. The pictorial title cartouche contains scenes of gold panning, hunting and a native chief standing beneath an umbrella. This is the first state, prior to the addition of Vischer's privilege.

References: Burden #332; McLaughlin #48; Tooley (Amer) p. 119, #29; Wagner (NW) #378.

Condition: B+

Full original color with light soiling and professional repairs to several separations along the centerfold. The map has been professionally remargined at right and left to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

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Closed on 9/13/2017

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