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Auction 183, Lot 59

One of the Earliest Maps Devoted to North America

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

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Black & White

11.5 x 8.9 inches
29.2 x 22.6 cm
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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.

References: Burden #133; Cumming #24.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on paper with a cross watermark, a few small worm holes in the image, and light toning that is a bit more prominent along the centerfold.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 6/9/2021