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Michael Mercator:  America sive India Nova ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris avi universalis imitationem incompendium redacta

Maps of the Western Hemisphere


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Title: America sive India Nova ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris avi universalis imitationem incompendium redacta

Map Maker: Michael Mercator

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1595 (1609)

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 18 x 15 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $4,800.00

Inventory ID: 41937


Description:

Nice example of Mercator's map of the Western Hemisphere, based upon Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587. 

Several of the more fascinating theories are present, including the vast inland lake in Canada, the multiple islands of the North Polar Sea, bulging South America and vast unknown southern continent. The St. Lawrence crosses half the continent. No sign of the English in Virginia. The search for a water course across North America is interupted only by some mid-continental mountains. Evidence of the Spanish explorations in the Southwest is present and the Colorado and Gila Rivers already reflect a good knowledge of this area, as does the peninsular Baja California, based upon Uloa's work.

The depiction of the NW Passage and Western North America are also of great interest. Annotations reference the voyages of Columbus and Magellan. 


Condition Description: Old Color, recently retouched. Minor repair at lower centerfold. Centerfold reinforced.


References: Burden 87, Wheat 27, Wagner 179.


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