Auction 177, Lot 42

"Le Nouveau Monde", Langenes, Barent

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1600 (published)

Publication: Thresor de Chartes

Color: Hand Color

4.9 x 3.3 inches
12.4 x 8.4 cm

This charming miniature map was based on the 1587 folio map by Abraham Ortelius. A notation in North America notes its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Mythical locations such as Quivira, Norombega, Granada, and Marata are named in North America. The area north of Quivira is called Anian and a river extending from the west coast is labeled Tolm R. While the whole of the present-day United States is misshapen, the Mid-Atlantic region, labeled Virginia, is especially protuberant, with a spurious mountain chain to the west. A massive continent named Terra Australis Incognita and a fragment of Nova Guinea appear with incomplete coastlines. French text on verso.

The map was first published by Cornelius Claesz and printed by Barent Langenes in the 1598 edition of the popular Map-treasury. For the 1599 edition, graduation lines and latitude numerals were added to one side of the border on most of the maps, which were again used for multiple editions through 1650. This is from a French edition, printed by Albert Hendricks.

References: Burden #92; King (2nd ed.) pp. 80-82; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9000:341.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a bright sheet with a faint stain at top right.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $350

Closed on 4/29/2020