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Description

Scarce first state of De Wit's decorative separately issued map of America, published in Amsterdam in 1660.

The map is comprised of an amalgam of sources. The decorative figures at the sides of the map derive from Van den Keere's map of 1614. The model for the island of California is based upon a rare English map by Luke Foxe, but the contiguous coast of the mainland from Foxe's map is inadvertently engraved as a river.

Hudson's Bay & the Great Lakes are derived from Blaeu. New Amsterdam is shown, but no evidence of English settlements.

Two Virginian Indians are among the illustrations.

The present example is the first state of the map, which can be identified by the date in the title.

Condition Description
Remargined on all sides, with neat line at bottom left corner professionally reinstated. Centerfold reinforced.
Reference
Burden 356, McLaughlin 24.
Frederick De Wit Biography

De Wit (1629 ca.-1706) was a mapmaker and mapseller who was born in Gouda but who worked and died in Amsterdam. He moved to the city in 1648, where he opened a printing operation under the name of The Three Crabs; later, he changed the name of his shop to The White Chart. From the 1660s onward, he published atlases with a variety of maps; he is best known for these atlases and his Dutch town maps. After Frederik’s death in 1706, his wife Maria ran the shop for four years before selling it. Their son, Franciscus, was a stockfish merchant and had no interest in the map shop. At the auction to liquidate the de Wit stock, most of the plates went to Pieter Mortier, whose firm eventually became Covens & Mortier, one of the biggest cartography houses of the eighteenth century.