"America", Cluver, Philipp
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1711 (published)
Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographiam…
Color: Hand Color
10 x 8 inches
25.4 x 20.3 cm
This handsome small map was derived from the Nicolas Visscher map of 1658, with a Briggs type island of California and no Great Lakes in North America. The interior rivers of South America are all connected to a large, spurious lake labeled Lago de los Xarzyes. A depiction of the discoveries of Maarten Gerritsz de Vries' voyage appears in the waters north of Japan, and Abel Janszoon Tasman's discoveries are shown in New Zealand.
Cluver's Introductio in Universam Geographicam was a popular atlas, appearing in over 45 editions during a 100-year period. The first edition was published without maps in the 1620s, and the first edition to include maps was published circa 1641. The various editions were published in different cities throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Nuremberg, and London. This map is from a London edition, with the majority of the maps re-engraved by John Senex.
References: cf. Burden #732; McLaughlin #177; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CLUV-9a #46.
A dark impression with light printer's ink residue, minor toning along the centerfold, and a small spot of foxing west of Peru. There is a stain in the bottom left corner of the sheet, well away from the image.