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Auction 174, Lot 70

"America", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1661 (circa)

Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographicam

Color: Hand Color

10.3 x 8.1 inches
26.2 x 20.6 cm
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This handsome small map was derived from the Nicolas Visscher map of 1658, with a Blaeu type Great Lakes region (a single, open-ended lake to the east of the British colonies) and a Briggs type island of California with a flat northern coastline. A depiction of the discoveries of Maarten Gerritsz de Vries' voyage appears in the water north of Japan, and Abel Janszoon Tasman's discoveries are shown in New Zealand. According to Burden, this is the first state of the map, decorated by a simple drape style title cartouche without engraver's imprint and a sailing ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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.

References: Burden #360, State 1; McLaughlin #25, State 3.

Condition: A

Issued folding on sheet with a small coat of arms watermark, faint toning, and remnants of hinge tape on verso. There are old tape stains confined to the blank margin in the top corners.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/11/2019