Auction 176, Lot 55

One of the Earliest Maps Devoted to North America

"Novi Orbis Pars Borealis, America Scilicet, Complectens Floridam, Baccalaon, Canadam, Terram Corterialem...", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.6 x 8.9 inches
29.5 x 22.6 cm

Very unusual map based on Cornelis de Jode's Americae Pars Borealis. It makes use of both John White and Jacques le Moyne's east coast cartography, but continues de Jode's inaccurate depiction of Virginia. Charlesfort is shown on the r. de Gallo with St. Helena just to the south. In the north is a Northwest Passage, and in the center is the Lago de Conibas. To the west of Florida is a curious second peninsula named Apalaco. The map is fully engraved with mountains, forests and cities with numerous notations throughout. Below the map is a panel of Latin text describing the various explorations. Engraved by Johannes Bussemacher. German text on verso.

See also lot 773 for Philip Burden's excellent reference work, The Mapping of North America, that discusses this map.

References: Burden #133; Cumming #24.

Condition: A

A dark impression with expert tissue repair of binding hole along fold without loss on engraved surface.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 2/12/2020