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Publisher: VISSCHER, N.J.
Title: Americae Nova Descriptio.
Published in: Amsterdam, 1652
Size: 17.1 x 18.6 inches.
43.5 x 47.2 cm.

Condition: Cut on neat line and pasted on a larger sheet.
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Final state. According to Philip Burden, "this very rare map is the first single sheet map of America with decorative borders". A re-issue of the 1614 plate by Pieter van den Keere, with changed title cartouche. Tony Campbell describes in his book Claes Jansz.Visscher: a hundred maps described ' only editions dated 1636 and 1652.
A series of bird's-eye views of ten cities and ports are combined with medallion portraits of the great circum navigators including Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Ferdinand Magellan, Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish and Olivier Van Noort, identifying the accomplishments of each and the date of their epic voyage beneath the latter 4 names.
Side borders representing eight inhabitants of the New World
A large vignette of the North Pole gives credence to a Northwest Passage through the Davis Straits.
The most important cartographic information in the map was the incorporation of Henry Hudson's discoveries in Hudson Bay, where "The B. wher Hudson did winter" is located, a very reference to Hudson's discoveries in 1614.

The map is known in the following 6 states:

  • 1614: Tierra del Fuego attached to the southern continent--1614 date.
  • 1618: Tierra del Fuego is an island.
  • 1631: Van Den Keere imprint replaced with Per Nicolaum Io. Visscher. Anno 1631.
  • 1633: Date updated to 1633
  • 1636: Date updated to 1636
  • 1652: Staten Land is now anisland at the tip of South America and the date is updated to 1652.

All states of the map are very rare.

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