Auction 95, Lot 60

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1638 (circa)

Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Black & White

14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

Lovely, copper engraved map of the Americas based on the Blaeu and Hondius maps. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent entirely too wide. There is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Small inset of Greenland. Strapwork title cartouche with a sea monster and Spanish galleons decorate the map. Merian's signature lower right.

References: Burden #251.

Condition: B

Faint soiling and repair of centerfold with archival tape, else fine with crisp impression.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/13/2001