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Stock# 49602
Description

Decorative map of America, showing California as an island, published by Pierre Vander Aa in Leiden.

Shows one open Great Lake, a large wide South America, Straits of Anian, with no northwestern coastline for North America.

California is shown as an Island in the early Sanson form with a nearly flat top beginning at C. Mendocino. Nova Albion has been inserted in the northern part of the island.

Tooley calls the map of interest for the innovative insertion of Village des Canots between P. de Carinde and P de la Conception. Anian and Straet Anian appear far north of California.

Reference
McLaughlin #187.
Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.