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Description

Rare separately published map of America, based upon Jodocus Hondius' map of 1618, but with a revised coastline for the Northwest Coast of America which is among the most interesting (mis)representations of the this region to appear on and 17th Century map.

Beginning with the second state of this map, the entire west coast of North America, including nomenclature, is erased and replaced with a speculative coastline and the legend Pays Non Encore Descouverts (lands not yet discovered). Burden notes that this likely was done to balance the two schools of thought on the region, one treating California as an island, the second adhering to the the peninsular treatment.

While several other map makers copied Hondius over the next 30 years, it was only the 1640 and 1646 examples of this map which include this unique coastline. It should be noted the while Burden attributes the map to Bertius, Loeb-Laroque believed the second and third states of the map were engraved by Michel van Lochem, as the other continents in the set in which this map typically appears bear Van Lochem's name as the engraver.

Burden notes that the third state of the map (1646) is found in the two recorded examples of Pierre Mariette's Theatre geographique de France, published in 1650 & 1653.

The map is very rare on the market, this being the first time we have offered the 1646 edition for sale.

Reference
Burden 209.