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Auction 91, Lot 67

"America sive India Nova",

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1613 (published)


Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 18 inches
36.3 x 45.7 cm

After the death of his grandfather, Michael Mercator produced this stunning hemispherical map (the only known printed map to be attributed to him). The map is surrounded by a beautifully engraved floral design and four roundels, one of which contains the title. The other insets include the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, and Haiti. The map was patterned after Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with a little more added detail. There is a large inland lake in Canada, and the St Lawrence River extends nearly halfway across the continent with no Great Lakes. There is a bulge in the west coast of South America. The large southern continent extends above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Pacific where there is a very large island of New Guinea. Above North America there are two of the four islands of the North Pole, with the great mythical rivers flowing from the pole. Ref: Burden #87. Centerfold reinforced with Japanese tissue. A superb, crisp image with fine later color. $4,500 RESERVE


Condition: A+

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,500

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 6/14/2000