Catalog Archive
Auction 167, Lot 210

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes, a C. de May Usque ad Lineam Aequinoctialem", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean & Southern United States

Period: 1682 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 17.9 inches
55.4 x 45.5 cm

This handsome map focuses on the West Indies and covers the region from the Chesapeake through the Gulf of Mexico, with Central America and the northern part of South America. Two lovely cartouches with cherubs and mermaids decorate opposite corners. Eight ships sail the seas and three native canoes are depicted off the coast of North America. A number of interesting cartographic myths appear on the map. These include two large nonexistent lakes in the region of western Georgia and a non-existent mountain range extending from the Piedmonts bearing across the North American continent. In South America, the archetypal cartographic myth, Manoa o' El Dorado (the golden city), is located on the shores of the Lacus Parime vel Roponowini in Guyana. This is the second state with the addition of the privilege in the cartouche.

References: Burden #531; Portinaro & Knirsch #82.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with full original color, a few small spots of foxing, and a 1" centerfold separation near the center of the image that has been closed on verso with archival material. A short separation in the bottom blank margin has also been closed on verso with archival material.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500


Closed on 3/28/2018