"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula", Merian, Matthaus
Period: 1646 (circa)
Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica
Color: Hand Color
14 x 9.8 inches
35.6 x 24.9 cm
The cartography of this finely engraved map was closely copied from Blaeu's world map of 1606. Latin title at top, outside neatline, with German script title and notation concerning the discovering of the Americas in 1492, which covers the unknown interior of North America. There is a large southern continent connected to New Guinea, California is a peninsula and there are plenty of open ended waterways in the eastern part of North America, which leave open the question of a Northwest Passage. Two polar projections in lower corners. The map is richly decorated with numerous sea monsters, galleons and compass roses.
References: Shirley #345.
Expertly backed with light Japanese tissue repairing a short separation on lower fold.