Nice example of Vander Aa's map of North America, based upon Guillaume De L'Isle's map of 1700.
Uncommon map of North America and the West Indies. Interesting depiction of California which is ambiguous about whether it is an island or not. The Gulf of California is left open ended. The large title cartouche (uncolored) is flanked by Neptune and two Native Americans.
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.