Auction 165, Lot 772

Van der Aa's Compilation of Explorations in the West Indies with 20 Maps

"De Gedenkwaardige en al-om Beroemde Voyagien der Spanjaarden na West-Indien...", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Exploration & Surveys, West Indies

Period: 1706 (circa)


Color: Black & White

9.6 x 14.8 inches
24.4 x 37.6 cm

This fascinating folio volume is part of Van der Aa's compilation of early Spanish American discovery, based on Herrera. The text describes the explorations and discoveries of various explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan Ponce de Leon, Sebastián de Ocampo, Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Juan de Grijalva, and Pedro Arias Dávila, among others. Twenty maps accompany the text to depict the areas explored. Interspersed within the text are also 59 half-page engravings depicting scenes throughout the Americas, derived from De Bry. The maps include:

1. Scheeps-togt door Rodrigue de Bastides en P. Alvares Polomina uyt de Haven van St. Domingo op Hispaniola, Gedaan na St. Martha. Condition: Also has some misfolding along the left-hand fold. (B+)
2. De Voorgenome Scheeps-Togt van Sebastiaan Garoto, om door de Straat Magellaan na de Moluccos te Stevenen, aan Rio de la Plata Voleyndigt. Condition: Also has some misfolding along the left-hand fold. (B+)
3. De Land-Togt door Ferdinand Cortes Gedaan uyt Mexico na las Ybueras. Condition: (B+)
4. De Landschappen Tabasco en Iucatan. Condition: (B+)
5. ‘T Landschap Guatimala door Pedro Alvarado ... Bevolkt, 1523. Condition: (B+)
6. Reys togt door Gil Gonzales Davila van’t Eyland St. Dominica Gedaan na de Honduras en Nicaragua. Condition: (B+)
7. ‘T Landschap Cumana. Condition: (B+)
8. Scheeps togt van Iamaica Gedaan na Panuco. Condition: (B+)
9. De Vaste Kust van Chicora Tussen Florida en Virginie. Condition: (B+)
10. Nicaragua en de Kusten der Zuyd-Zee Noordwaard van Panama. Condition: (B+)
11. De Vaste Kust van Cheribichi. Condition: (B+)
12. De Straat van Magellaen. Condition: (B+)
13. Iukatan en Vaste Kusten van Nieuw Spanje. Condition: (B)
14. Nieuw Spanje; van Panuco, Mexico en Iucatan tot aan Costa Rica. Condition: (B)
15. Land Togten door Ferdinand Cortes aan de Golf van Nieuw Spanje. Condition: (B)
16. Terra Firma oft Vaste Land van Darien, Veragua, Cartagena, en Nieuw Andalusie, etc.. Condition: (B)
17. ‘T Vaste Land van Darien ten Zuyden Cuba en Hispaniola Gelegen. Condition: (B)
18. Hispaniola Soo als het door Kolumbus Ontdekt. Condition: Also has some light damp stains. (B)
19. De Voor Eylanden van America Tegens de Vaste Kusten van Florida, Mexico, Nieuw Spanje, Cartagena, Iucatan, en Darien. Condition: (B)
20. ‘T Noorder Deel Van Amerika. Condition: Also has some light damp stains. (B)

This is the first of two volumes of the second part of Van der Aa's Naaukeurige Versameling. Handsomely rebound in period style in quarter-calf with tips over marbled paper covered boards, with raised bands and leather title labels on spine.



The maps have dark impressions with light to moderate toning and scattered foxing. See description above for additional condition details on each map. The text and engravings are good to very good with light to moderate toning and light foxing (B+/B). The new binding is near fine with bumped corners (A).

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 11/15/2017