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Description

Rare early map of Central America and the Caribbean, published by Vander Aa in Amsterdam.

Decorative map of the region from Mexico City to Panama City, extending to include part of Cuba, and is based on Blaeu's map of the Yucatan peninsula.

Cozumel is named, and Lake Nicaragua is presented on an east-west orientation.

This map is adorned with an allegorical title cartouche featuring a volcano, natives (one of whom is holding a parasol for a European), and Neptune and his entourage in the background.

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.