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Stock# 47688

Nice old color example of De Wit's well-regarded map of the Americas and Pacific, with many of the labels underlined in red.

California is shown as an Island. The map also includes an early depiction of the Great Lakes (not present in Visscher's edition of the map), the Straits of Anian, a mythical Terra Esonis extending as a land bridge from Asia and misprojected South America. In the South Pacific, the first parts of Australia are now shown (Quiri Regio), as are the Salomon Islands and Nova Guinea.

The map predates La Salle's information on the interior of North America, but includes excellent detail in Canada and the East Coast of North America, noting the Dutch Possessions, the Iroquois regions, N. Anglia, New Amsterdam, the Chesapeake, Plymouth, and many Indian place names.


Condition Description
Old color. Narrow margins at top edge. Light overall soiling.
McLaughlin 49.
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.