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Auction 91, Lot 78

"Idea Naturalis America Borealis Digito dei Formata Geographice Proposita",

Subject: North America

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Black & White

8.75 x 13.75 inches
22.2 x 34.9 cm

It depicts CALIFORNIA AS AN ISLAND, prominent Great Lakes, and the Mississippi delta placed too far west. It is decorated with two cartouche, one is capped with a globe revealing the western hemisphere and the other, at the lower left corner, is surrounded with exotic animals, most not native to North America. The most alluring feature of the map are the fanciful depictions wildlife on the land and sea-life and monsters filling the oceans. Ref: McLaughlin #140; Tooley (America) p. 132. A superb impression in fine condition.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 6/14/2000