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Auction 98, Lot 61

"America noviter delineata", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

17.4 x 13.9 inches
44.2 x 35.3 cm
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This is the uncommon, larger, version of Merian's map of the Americas. Merian's bold engraving style copies the cartography of Jodocus Hondius' map of 1631. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent too wide and there is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America. Insets of the polar regions are set in strapwork cartouches. The map is finely decorated with a title cartouche featuring human skulls and bones to represent cannibalism and the seas are teeming with ships, sea battles and fierce sea monsters. Accompanied by photocopies of the title page and frontispiece.

References: Burden #235, Tooley (Amer) p. 299.

Condition: B

Fine, crisp impression with a little minor discoloration along folds. A small hole in Newfoundland with some loss of engraved surface has an old paper replacement.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 3/6/2002