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Auction 168, Lot 77

"Totius Americae Descriptio Nova", Monath, Peter Conrad

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1758 (published)

Publication: Kinder Geographie

Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 9.4 inches
27.7 x 23.9 cm

This attractive, scarce map showing an insular California was published later than most maps that show this cartographic myth. Nearly all cartographers stop showing it in this fashion after 1740. The map is rife with older terminology, including Nova Albion in California, which is shown with two bays on the northern coastline per the second Sanson model. Nova Francia and Louisiana take up much of North America, and the Mississippi is depicted wandering too far to the west. N. Mexico sive Nova Granada takes up the Southwest with Santa Fe de Granada as its capital. The title cartouche is decorated with Native Americans and what looks like a seal.

References: McLaughlin #238.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with faint toning and some printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $350

Closed on 6/6/2018