Fascinating map of the Southeastern part of the future United States, based largely upon Sanson's map of Florida from 1657.
The map is intended to illustrate the expedition of Ferdinand de Soto in 1534, based upon his original accounts.
Fine decorative cartouche.
The map illustrated an early account of the New World published by Vander Aa, one of the most prolific compilers of information on the early explorations to America, Asia and Africa.
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.