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  AMERICA 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The rare issue of Munster's America with longitude and latitude grids]
Novae Insula XXVI Nova Tabula. Basle: Henri Petri, 1552, Latin edition. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 385mm. Minor repairs at centre fold, otherwise an excellent example.
Munster's landmark map, the first to attempt to show America as a continent, yet demonstrating how little was known. On the map a narrow isthmus divides the Atlantic and Pacific in the region of the Carolinas, based on Verrazzano, and Yucatan is an island. The large island of Zipangri off the west coast is not California but Japan, based on the narrative of Marco Polo but a few years before any recorded visit to the islands by Europeans. The large vignette ship is the 'Victoria', the only survivor of Magellan's fleet of four. This is an example of the 6th state of 13, published in Munster's 'Geographia', the only printing with the longitude and latitude grid and the only dated edition (underneath Petri's colophon on the reverse), sixty years after Columbus's discovery of the New World. BURDEN: 12.
[Ref: 18761]    £6,000.00 ($7,452 • €6,792 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The most famous map of the Americas, the cornerstone of any map collection]
America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1575, Latin text edition. Original colour. 355 x 480mm. Tears professionally repaired.
This map of America is one of the most important and influential maps of the continent published in the 16th century. This example is from the first of three copper plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, and the third state, with the Azores now correctly named and the latitude number '230' erased. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 9, iii of iii.
[Ref: 12816]    £2,800.00 ($3,478 • €3,170 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The first printed map of the Pacific]
Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulusque in eodem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. Antwerp, 1592, Latin text edition. 345 x 495mm. A near mint condition example with wide margins.
An early example of the most sought-after of Ortelius's atlas maps, first published only two years earlier. Engraved in 1589, it pre-dates the concept of California as an island, has a huge island of New Guinea and an unrecognisable Japan. The south Pacific is filled with a vignette of the 'Victoria', Magellan's ship: his route through the Magellan Straits is shown, with Terra del Fuego depicted as part of the huge 'Terra Australis'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 12.
[Ref: 15637]    £7,000.00 ($8,694 • €7,924 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's third plate of the Americas]
America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1598, Latin text edition. 355 x 480mm. Excellent impression, wide margins.
Classic antique map of the Americas printed from the last of three plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, now with the famous extra bulge in South America removed and an extra cartouche over Anian. There is an engraved date of 1587 bottom right, and examples of the plate appeared in atlases the same year. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 11.
[Ref: 13288]    £3,600.00 ($4,471 • €4,075 rates)


HONDIUS, Jodocus. [A superbly decorated map of the Americas]
America. Amsterdam, c. 1611. Original colour restored. 370 x 500mm.
The Americas, decorated with vignette scenes from De Bry, a parrot, toucan, canoes and a Japanese junk. In the bottom left is a scene depicting the Brazilian natives preparing an alcoholic beverage, starting with virgins chewing the grain to break down the starches! Engraved by Jodocus Hondius for his edition of Mercator's Atlas, it appeared alongside Michael Mercator's map of the Americas until 1630. As Mercator's map had the text, there is only the title, pagination codes and a motif on verso. BURDEN: 150.
[Ref: 18659]    £6,250.00 ($7,763 • €7,075 rates)


DE BRY, Theodore. [An important book on early American exploration]
[The Great or American Voyages.] Frankfurt: 1594-1617. Parts I-VI only (of 13) in one volume. Latin text. Folio (335 x 235 mm), 17th century vellum over pasteboard, the flat spine with small panel outlined in gilt with rolls, titled in gilt within the panel. A few neat repairs, part VI lacking 2nd section (from page 108 including 2nd frontis. and 28 plates), binding with minor repairs to spine and the board edges, endpapers replaced.
De Bry's important collection of voyages of exploration to the Americas, containing several landmark maps of the continent. Included are Hariot's account of the English colony in Virginia (second edition, second issue, 1606), with the important map of the Roanoke colony in Virginia and plates after John White; Jacques Le Moyne's Florida (second edition, 1609), with his map of south east North America and engravings of Florida and its inhabitants; Hans Stadius's Brazil (second edition, first issue, 1605) with his map of Peru and Brazil; and Girolamo Benzoni's History of the New World (first two parts second editions, 1594 & 1617, the third the first edition of 1596), with maps of the Western Hemisphere, the West Indies and New Spain, and a view of Cusco.
[Ref: 12946]    £75,000.00 ($93,150 • €84,900 rates)


HONDIUS, Jodocus II. [The first atlas issue of this 17th century map of America]
America noviter delineata. Auct: Henrico Hondio. 1631. Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1636. Latin text edition. Original colour. 370 x 490mm. Tiny hole in Paraguay filled.
Early edition of this decorative map of the Americas, with insets map of Greenland and tyhe South Pole. It was engraved in 1618 as part of a separate-issue set of maps of the world and continents with decorative borders, engraved by Jodocus Hondius II. He originally worked in the family firm with his brother Henricus, but left to found his own business. After his death in 1629 many of his plates were sold by his widow to Blaeu, much to the annoyance of Henricus, but this plate stayed in the family. In 1631 Henricus put his own name on the plate and added this date, trimming off the decorative borders to make the map fit the standard atlas format. It was still another two years before it appeared in an Appendix, and five until it was used in a new edition of the complete atlas, as this example. BURDEN: 192, state 3 of 5.
[Ref: 19628]    £2,200.00 ($2,732 • €2,490 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Blaeu's famous carte à figure map of America]
Americæ nova Tabula. Amsterdam, 1638 or 1640, French text edition. Original colour. 415 x 560mm. Repaired tear in top edge, otherwise a very fine example.
One of the most famous maps of the Americas, a 'carte-a-figures' with 10 costume vignettes down the sides and nine city prospects along the top. Originally published separately in 1617, the extremely rare first state did not show Cape Horn. Within a year Jacob le Maire returned from his trip around the Cape and his new information was added to the plate. A second change was implemented in 1621 when Willem Janszoon added the 'Blaeu' to his name to distance himself from his arch-rival Jan Janszoon, so his new name was added under the title. Two more states, both just minor embellishments, appeared in the 1640s, before the plate was destroyed in the fire at the Blaeu printing works in 1672. BURDEN: 189, state 3 of 5.
[Ref: 18585]    £6,500.00 ($8,073 • €7,358 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [An uncommon map of the Americas]
L'Amerique autrement Le Novveau Monde et Indes Occidentales. Paris, c.1672. Original outline colour. 370 x 390mm.
A scarce map of the AMericas, originally published in 1655. California is shown as an island, separated from 'Jesso' by the Straits of Anian. In the south Atlantic is a part of the great 'Terre Australis', and the western Great Lakes are open-ended. The key is enclosed in a simple border, added for this state. BURDEN: 311, 'uncommon'.
[Ref: 18882]    £1,700.00 ($2,111 • €1,924 rates)


DE WIT, Frederick. [17th century map of the Americas]
Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americæ Descriptio. Amsterdam, c.1675. Fine original colour. 500 x 585mm. Lower centrefold repaired on verso.
A very fine map of the Americas, with two large cartouches, copied from Visscher's map but reversed, in full original colour, making this a very decorative item. California is an island; El Dorado is marked next to Parime Lacus in South America; and the five Great Lakes appear for the first time on a Dutch map, although Superior and Michigan are open-ended in the west. This example is from state three of seven, still with eleven galleons but before the addition of New Guinea and 'Terra Esonis'. BURDEN: 465; McCLAUGHLIN: 49.
[Ref: 19279]    £1,750.00 ($2,174 • €1,981 rates)


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