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MERIAN, Matthaeus.
America Novita Delineata
Frankfurt:, 1638. Size: 358 x 276 mm. Wash line mount size: 545 x 472 mm. Copper engraving. Later colouring. In good condition but with slight discolouration along the lower central fold. Minor toning. A beautiful map of America reduced from Merian's earlier map of 1631, with decorative scrolled title cartouche in the bottom left corner, and two galleons and sea monsters out at sea. At the top, there is an inset map of Greenland with accompanying text in Latin. South America is misshapen, with Brazil extending too far to the east. The area known as New England is labelled "Norembega", and California is part of the western coastline. Published in Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica. Burden, The mapping of North America, p. 320, entry 251.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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