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16 1/8 x 21 7/8 inches, Fine original color; a few marginal stains else fine condition.
Brilliant example in fine original color of a work that epitomized the Golden Age of Cartography. The map’s side borders provide fine miniatures of indigenous peoples of various regions, while important harbors and cities, including Mexico City, Cusco, and the silver mines of Potosi, Bolivia are illustrated in the top border. Eight fully rigged ships ply the seas among sea monsters on the map.
As Goss points out, "this magnificent map sums up the general European view of the Western Hemisphere in the early seventeenth century..." In North America, Virginia and the Southeast are delineated with greater accuracy than other regions, because of the surveys conducted by colonists of these areas. The more precise rendering of Latin America in relation to North America is due to the much longer Spanish and Portuguese presence in the area.
* Burden, no. 189; Goss, J. Mapping of North America, #26; Tooley, R.V. Mapping of America, pp.296-97.