With Letter of Authentication from The Chief of the Library of Congress Geography & Map Division
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.
This is a deluxe edition of the map, with the extra picture frame border. It is made even more desirable by this rare bit of ephemera, a letter from Walter Ristow, the long time head of the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress. Remarkable to imagine that a collector could obtain such a letter in 1968.
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.