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Auction 91, Lot 68

"Americae nova Tabula",

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1640 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

16.2 x 21.7 inches
41.1 x 55.1 cm
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One of the few maps of the Americas by this famous Dutch cartographer. It is a superb example of the fine art of decorative cartography with ships and sea monsters embellishing the map. Panels at sides each contain five portraits of figures of the native inhabitants of the two continents. Across the top are nine town plans including Mexico City, Havana, Cartegena, and Rio de Janeiro. The map itself is similar to Blaeu's wall map of 1608 with the addition of the discoveries of Henry Hudson and Tierra del Fuego with le Maire Strait. This is the fourth state of the plate with the coastline of Terra Australis Incognita deleted, but the name left behind. Ref: Burden #189, Tooley (America) plt. 169. Fine example of this beautiful map with original color. A bit of oxidation of the green color and some light toning. Expertly backed with Japanese tissue repairing centerfold and a couple of tiny tears in margins. $6,250 RESERVE


Condition: A

Estimate: $7,500 - $8,500

Sold for: $7,500

Closed on 6/14/2000