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Nieuwe Kaart van het Westelykste Deel der Weereld
Amsterdam: Isaak Tirion, 1754. Handcoloured map, 405 x 480 mm. (sheet size); mounted, fine. An attractive mid-eighteenth century Dutch map of the Americas with the original handcolouring. The map shows discoveries in North and South America in some detail, and includes the Atlantic and Southern oceans with peripheral detail of Europe and easternmost Africa. A number of discoveries in the south Pacific are included, including the Marquesas and Solomon Islands. Of particular interest are a chain of ambiguously defined islands with engraved text indicating that they were sighted by Quiros in 1605. The Amsterdam based publisher Isaak Tirion (1705-1769) is known to have produced books, charts and maps for the Dutch mercantile elite. Tirion was primarily a cartographic publisher, who issued several lavish atlases as well as smaller geographical guides (literally 'Hand Atlas'), from which this attractive map is derived. During his prolific career Tirion was associated with the Dutch East India Company; in 1757 Willem Udemans, a shipwright and director of the VOC shipyard at Middelburg commissioned Tirion to print a treatise on naval architecture. He also published a Dutch language edition of Commodore Anson's circumnavigation in 1749, a work remarkable for the quality of its maps and charts.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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