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SOLD America sive India Nova
Size: 18 x 14.5 inches
Title: 'America sive India Nova ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris aui Universalis imitationem in compendium redacta'.
This is one of the most famous maps of the Americas. After the death of his grandfather, Michael Mercator produced this stunning hemispherical map (the only known printed map to be attributed to him). The map is surrounded by a beautifully engraved floral design and four roundels, one of which contains the title. The other insets include the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, and Haiti. The geography was patterned after Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with a little more added detail. There is a large inland lake in Canada, and the St Lawrence River extends nearly halfway across the continent with no Great Lakes. There is a still a bulge in the west coast of South America. The large southern continent extends above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Pacific where there is a very large island of New Guinea. Above North America are two of the four islands of the North Pole, with the great mythical rivers flowing from the pole. The seas are full of mythical islands, including St. Brendain, Frislant and Sept citez. Latin text on verso
Dark impression with some uneven toning and a small stain in Brazil. Expertly repaired tear into bottom border and a chip at upper right corner, not affecting map.