Superb example of the rare first state of Visscher's map of America. The map includes California as an Island, one Great Lake, conjectural Northwest Passage, Straits on Anian, and rich illustration in the interior of North And South America, along with nearly a dozen ships at se and two rich cartouches. The cartography is based upon Blaeu's wall map of 1648. The use of Real de Nueva Mogui correctly placed on the East Bank of the Rio Del Norte is taken from Blaeu. However, Visscher retains the use of Briggs configuration of California as an island, although with a broader northern coastline. The title shows the panning of gold and silver. The dedication cartouche includes 3 angels and an Indian native being assisted to heaven and is dedicated to Cornelis Witsen. This map was copied by other map makers for many years, including De Wit, Danckerts, De Ram, Ogilby, Schagen, Ottens and others. Its first appearance in an atlas has been traced to editions of Jannson's Novus Atlas and Atlas Major. Early states lack the privilege along the lower margin. A fine example on unusually thick paper. Burden 332; McLaughlin 48; Tooley #29; Van Ermen #19; Leighly #56.