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Auction 99, Lot 87

"Novus Orbis sive America Meridionalis et Septentrionalis, per sua Regna, Provincias, et Insulas iuxta Observationes et Descriptiones Recentiss", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

22.7 x 19.6 inches
57.7 x 49.8 cm

First state of this splendid map of the Americas with California as an Island based on the Sanson model. Directly above the island is the strait Fretum Anian with the coastline of Terra Isonis incogn that is obscured by an elaborate pictorial secondary cartouche, relating to the religious conversion of the natives. The map is filled with place names and details. The tracks of the major voyages of exploration are shown in the Pacific. The large title cartouche at bottom left depicts Native Americans fishing, cutting sugar cane, farming, and paying tribute to a chief.

References: McLaughlin #211; Tooley (America) #91, plt. 61.

Condition: A

Superb impression and attractive original color (cartouches uncolored). Expert repair of centerfold and two minor tears in bottom margin and two tiny wormholes.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 6/12/2002