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    Sale 12260

    Books & Manuscripts

    16 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    MERCATOR, Michael (ca. 1567-1600). America sive India Nova. [Amsterdam, ca. 1633].

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    MERCATOR, Michael (ca. 1567-1600). America sive India Nova. [Amsterdam, ca. 1633].

    Hand-colored engraved map of the Western Hemisphere, image 373 x 465 mm (456 x 560 mm sheet). The hemisphere surrounded by roundels in the four corners, three containing inset maps of the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, and Hispaniola, the fourth containing the title, arabesque decoration filling the remaining border. French text on verso. (Some slight darkening, repair to centerfold at lower margin touching the map border.)

    The only known printed map by Gerard Mercator's grandson Michael, engraved for the Atlantis pars altera (Duisburg 1595), the third part of Gerard Mercator's Atlas, published after the elder Mercator's death in 1594 by his son Rumold. The map is based on Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with the addition of minor supplementary detail. "A few of the most famous theories are still present: a large inland lake in Canada, two of the four islands of the North Pole, a bulge to the west coast of South America and the large southern continent. It does not show any knowledge of the English in Virginia, which is possibly a reflection of their failure by then" (Burden 87). Koeman Me 22, no. 78.

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