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2042: De Wit's map of America, California is an Island

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Lot 2042 Details

Description
Title: Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio
Author: De Wit, Frederick
Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline and wash (original or contemporary); colored cartouche. 48.8x57.5 cm. (19¼x22¾"). Well-engraved, attractive, and significant map of North and South America, with bright contemporary, or possibly original, hand coloring. As McLaughlin notes, the map is "a revised version of Visscher's map of 1670, with changed shape of California [i.e., indented northern coast] and partially reversed title cartouche (chief under umbrella now to left of text). Visscher's dedication cartouche (upper left) now has reversed figures and contains descriptive text on America. Zelandia Nova is not present. Two ships are added in Oceanus Peruvianus." This is the second state of the map, with the two ships removed, and some changes in the geography. Leighly 58; McLaughlin 49-2; Portinaro Pl. XCIV; Tooley 30-33; Wheat Transmississippi 52.
Place Published: Amsterdam
Date Published: 1670-[1680]
Condition
Some light soiling, tears around centerfold at top and bottom repaired on verso, reinforcement on verso along lower edge, centrefold and a few other places; very good.
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2042: De Wit's map of America, California is an Island

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500Nov 01, 2007
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