Antique Maps of the American Continent

America sive India Nova.


MERCATOR, Michael.

Origin: Amsterdam, Jodocus Hondius, 1609, French text edition.

The only known map engraved by Gerard Mercator's grandson (better known for his engraving of the Drake silver medal while resident in London in 1589). First published in Duisburg, 1595, it shows North and South America within a sphere, with a large New Guinea and "Terra Australis Nondum Cognita". A clear North-West Passage is shown; the St Lawrence river runs past the unknown Great Lakes to rise in a mountain chain mid-continent; the mythical "Friesland" is shown near Iceland; South America has a distinctive bulge in the south-west (removed from Ortelius' map 1587), and at the North Pole is the island invented for magnetic north. Around the map is an extensive floral pattern with roundels in each corner, one for the title, the others for inset maps of the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Haiti.

Condition: Finely hand coloured; excellent condition over all with only very minor age-toning to the margins

Size: 375 x 470mm (14¾ x 18½ inches).

Reference: 6999

Price: £3800

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Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio.


ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1587-92, Latin text edition.

The third copperplate for the map of the America's produced for the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. The 'bulge' has been removed indicating post 1587. With additional information on Terra Australis and the Solomon Islands added and a new cartouche in North America.

Condition: Superbly coloured; very short centrefold split repaired, otherwise fine condition.

Size: 355 x 485mm (14 x 19 inches).

Reference: 6817

Price: £3800

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Carte D'Amerique Dressée pour l'usage du Roy.


COVENS, Jean & MORTIER, Corneille.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1739.

A Dutch edition of De L'Isle's map of the America's, published 1739.

Condition: Original colour; some wear to printed surface in lower right corner effecting the line border and grid, light water staining and age-toning, small holes and nicks to margins, otherwise a good example.

Size: unknown

Reference: 12228

Price: £780

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Im Fluge durch die Welt (Flying through the World).



Origin: Germany, 1900.

A German postcard map of North and South America, shows a cowboy, the Statue of Liberty, Niagera Falls and a native American.

Condition: Chromolithograph; a used postcard, with contemporary ink manuscript front and verso, light age-toning.

Size: 140 x 88mm (5½ x 3½ inches).

Reference: 15681

Price: £28

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