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Rare double-page engraved map from the second cartographic work dedicated to America.

The present work is De Laet's general map of America, providing a fine outline of America as known to the Dutch at the beginning of the 17th Century. The most interesting feature of this map is that although it is known that de Laet had seen maps of California as an island, he focused on more reliable accounts, such as Herrera, in depicting a peninsular form. The map has the best west coast delineation to date. De Laet also does not speculate on the unknown polar regions and avoids any depiction of geographical detail regarding the speculative cartography of the Northwest Passage.