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Auction 91, Lot 66

"Americae Descrip.",

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1607-21 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

7.6 x 6 inches
19.3 x 15.2 cm
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A reduced version of the America map Hondius engraved for Gerard Mercator's folio atlas, it is a combination of various cartographic sources. North America is greatly elongated with a Plancius type depiction of Newfoundland and a protruding Virginia coast. South America is shown with a more or less correct western coastline and there is a large southern continent. Latin text on verso. Decorated with sea monsters, sailing ships, and a strapwork title cartouche. Ref: Burden #153. Couple of very faint spots, still very good.


Condition: A

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/14/2000