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America by F. De Wit. c. 1680


Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio.


Item Number:  24656
Category:  Antique maps > America > The Americas

Antique map of America by F. De Wit.

Date of the first edition: c. 1675
Date of this map: c. 1688

Copper engraving
Size: 49 x 58cm (19.1 x 22.6 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Contemporary old coloured, some points highlighted in gold, lower centrefold split reinforced, some minor creasing along centrefold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Burden, 465, State 6; Tooley (America) p.120, #31; Portinaro & Knirsch XCIV.

From: Atlas, c. 1688.

The map is cartographically drawn directly from de Wit's own wall map wersion published in 1672. The most notable improvement is tge depiction of the five Great Lakes, this for the first time on a Dutch map. There is also an altered west coast depiction of the Hudson Bay region. Both features appear to have been taken from Guillaume Sanson's AMERIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE, published in 1669. The two decorative cartouches are extracted from Nicolaas Jansz. Visscher's map of the same first published c. 1658. The title cartouche is reversed and in the process New Zealand is removed from the map. The dedication which appeared in the othe us replaced by a description of the discovery of the Americas. (Burden)