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MERCATOR, Michael.

America siue India Nova.

Published: Amsterdam: 1595

Stock code: 52622

Price: £4,750

Sale Price: £3,325

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This is the only known map to have been engraved by Gerard Mercator’s grandson, Michael Mercator. “It is a hemispherical map contained within an attractive floral design, and surrounded by four roundels, one of which contains the title. The other three contain maps of the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Hispaniola, all spheres of Spanish influence” (Burden). Curiosities include: the great bulge in the south-west of South America, a large New Guinea and the Great Southern Continent. French text on verso. A beautiful and fascinating early, unique map of the Americas.

Size: 465 x 370 mm. Copper engraving. Original colour. Very good condition, some light foxing and general toning, mainly affecting the margins.

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