MERCATOR, MICHAEL. 1512-1594.
America sive India Nova. Duisberg: [c.1628]. Hand-colored copper-engraved map, 387 x 479 mm, French text on verso. Even toning, marginal reinforcement at foot. Matted and framed.
One of the most famous and appealing late Renaissance maps of the western hemisphere, with 3 of the 4 corner roundels being inset maps (Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Haiti) in a decorative border. "The general outline is largely taken from Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with a little more detail added. A few of the most famous theories are still present: a large inland lake in Canada, two of the four islands of the North Pole, a bulge to the west coast of South America and the large southern continent. It does not show any knowledge of the English in Virginia, which is possibly a reflection of their failure by then. A large St. Lawrence River is shown originating half way across the continent..." (Burden 87).