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America sive India Nova.
By Michael Mercator. Published by Rumold Mercator, Duisburg. 1595 c.1633.
Copper plate engraving.
14 3/8 x 18 (36.7 x 45.7 cm) plus margins.
One of the most striking early maps of the Western Hemisphere. Michael Mercator, grandson of Gerard, engraved this plate, the only known printed map by him. Cartographically, this map was based on Mercator's landmark world map of 1587. This map is set within a circle surrounded by a design of interlocking acanthus leaves, cornucopias and insects. There are three inset maps, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Florida, and Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Also depicted are a Northwest Passage, a large island of New Guinea and a huge Antarctic continent.
Burden "Mapping of North America", 87; Goss, "Mapping of North America" #19.
Good condition with old color, save light marginal soiling and repairs.