Americae Nova Descriptio.
$16000 / ≈ €16000
A series of bird's-eye views of ten cities and ports are combined with medallion portraits of the great circumnavigators 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 represent eight New World inhabitants
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 incorporating Henry Hudson's discoveries in Hudson Bay, where "The B. where Hudson did winter" is located, a 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 an island 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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