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Gorgeous old color example of Allard's increasingly scarce maps of America, Terra Esonia an dparto Japan, with an inset showing the coastline of New Zealand. California is depicted as an island. The most notable feature of the map is Terra Esonis, a massive land bridge extending form Japan to the Straits of Anian, with only a small strait on either side. Gorgeous old color example. Narrow lower margin, but otherwise a fine example of this scarce map. McLaughlin 132; Tooley #65.

Carel Allard Biography

Carel (Carol) Allard (Allardt) (1648–1709) was an engraver and publisher based in Amsterdam. Part of a prominent family of Dutch mapmakers, publishers, and print sellers, his father was engraver and publisher Hugo Allard (1627–1684), who left his business to Carel upon his death. Carel published anything in demand, including maps, topography, ethnography, newsprints, and restrikes of old plates of artistic prints, many of which likely came from his father’s stock. In 1706, Carel gave his copperplates to his son Abraham Allard, before going bankrupt.