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A Dutch Masterwork of the Americas
In a Superb Example
BLAEU, W. [Amsterdam, 1642]
Americae nova Tabula. Auct: Guiljelmo Blaeuw.
16 1/8 x 21 7/8 inches
Fine original color; fine condition.
Brilliant example of a work that epitomized the Golden Age of Cartography. The map’s side borders provide fine miniatures of Native Americans 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 elsewhere, 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.