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Auction 167, Lot 41

"Nova Tabula Americae sic Dictae ab Americo Vesputio Florentino...", Sandrart, Jacob von de

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1698 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.4 x 19.1 inches
56.9 x 48.5 cm
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Sandrart's rare map of the Americas was based on Frederick de Wit's map circa 1675, with nearly identical cartography and updated decorative elements. California is depicted as an island in the Foxe form of 1635, the Great Lakes are open-ended in the west on the Sanson model, and the R. del Norte flows from a large western lake into the Mare Sinus Mexicanus. The mythical lakes of Parime Lacus and Xarayes appear in South America. In the South Pacific are New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Quiri Regio, while in the north Pacific a stretch of land labeled Terra Esonis is separated from North America by Fretum Aniani. Although the geography of Sandrart's map most closely follows the fifth state of de Wit's map, Sandrart adds back the ships that were removed from de Wit's map after the third state. Sandrart copies de Wit's vignettes of a village and battle scene in Brazil and several animals in North America, adding a pair of moose in the upper Northwest. At bottom left Sandrart features a new vignette showing natives around a fire with a man at left being beaten with a spear. Engraved by Johann Baptist Homann.

References: Burden #711; McLaughlin #102.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on paper with an elephant watermark, light toning along the centerfold, minor soiling, and faint damp stains at the sides of the map. There is a short tear that just passes the neatline at bottom that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,600

Sold for: $800

Closed on 3/28/2018