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MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J. - America Sive India Nova.

MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J. - America Sive India Nova.
America Sive India Nova. - MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J.
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Title : America Sive India Nova..
Map maker : MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J..
Date : Amsterdam, c.1600.
Size : 14.4 x 17.9 inches. / 36.5 x 45.5 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :The famous Michael Mercator hemispherical Americas map of 1595, based on his grandfather Rumold Mercator's world map. One of the most important and beautifully engraved early separate maps of the Western Hemisphere, here in original colour. Features the islands of the North Pole, other imaginary islands in the Atlantic, a North-West Passage, the bulge on the west coast of South America, a vast inland lake in Canada and a huge unknown Southern Continent, all surrounded by elaborate decoration and four inset maps showing various areas of Spanish influence in North America. Annotations reference the voyages of Columbus and Magellan. French text on verso.

Burden, The Mapping of North America, 88.
Condition : Printed on thick, parchment-like stock with no brittleness to the paper. Strong original colour. Some small, fine cracks in the green areas.
Reinforced on verso where colour has oxidized. Some thin slits along the centerfold, centerfold is backed with archival tape.
Two tape hinges on verso from matting. Wide margins

ID: 93926

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