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Auction 175, Lot 48

Richly Embellished Map of the Americas

"Carte de l'Amerique Corrigee, et Augmentee, Dessus Toutes les Aultres cy Devant", Bertius/Tavernier

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1627 (circa)


Color: Black & White

19.8 x 15 inches
50.3 x 38.1 cm
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According to Burden, "this rare map is one of a set of the four known continents that Melchior Tavernier had engraved, with or without Petrus Bertius' permission is unclear." Burden attributes Cornelis Danckerts (the elder) as the engraver. The map itself bears only the name P. Bertius and while similar to his map of 1624, this map has a completed western coast of North America and different decorations in the sea. Both are based on Jodocus Hondius' map of 1618, with the completion of the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego. The map is richly embellished with two polar insets, a decorative cartouche and numerous ships, sea battles, sea monsters, and scenes of Native American life in South America. This is the first state without Neuf Amsterdam and other colonial place names in the Northeast and West.

References: Burden #218.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with light offsetting and minor printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $750

Closed on 11/13/2019