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Auction 99, Lot 85

"Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio", Meurs, Jacob van

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1673 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

21 x 16.8 inches
53.3 x 42.7 cm

Uncommon and exceptionally decorative map of the America's based largely on Visscher's map of 1658. California is shown as a large island after Henry Brigg's map with the Pacific coastline continuing northeast toward the Straet Anian, which separates it from Anian. The interior is void of any of the recent French discoveries and there is one huge, open-ended, Great Lake and a confused system of rivers in the Mississippi valley. In the Southwest, the Rio del Norto flows from a large interior lake, and empties into to the sea between the mainland and California. In South America, Parime Lacus is prominent. The most outstanding features of the map are the beautifully engraved decorative details that include numerous vignettes of wildlife, Indian battles, sailing ships and battles, and two large cartouches. At bottom, the title is surrounded by Native Americans trading with Europeans. Filling the North Pacific is a lavish scene of Neptune and his consort in a chariot surrounded by his entourage and putti.

References: McLaughlin #50.

Condition: B

Folds as issued, now pressed. Three old repairs of cuts or short tears along horizontal fold. Otherwise, a fine crisp impression.

Estimate: $2,400 - $2,500


Closed on 6/12/2002