Auction 168, Lot 61

Uncommon Large Version

"America Noviter Delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1631 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
17.4 x 14 inches
44.2 x 35.6 cm

This is the uncommon, larger, version of Merian's map of the Americas. Merian's bold engraving style copies the cartography of Jodocus Hondius' map of 1631. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent too wide and there is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Insets of the Polar Regions are set in strapwork cartouches. The map is finely decorated with a title cartouche featuring human skulls and bones, representing the legendary cannibalism of the Americas, and the seas are teeming with ships, sea battles and fierce sea monsters.

References: Burden #235, Tooley (Amer) p. 299.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with soiling that is mostly confined to the blank margins and borders, with only very minor soiling in the image.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $900

Closed on 6/6/2018

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