Detail View: JCB Map Collection: Americae nova descriptio

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Cabinet B633 /1
Map title: 
Americae nova descriptio
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Map size height: 
43.9 cm.
Map size width: 
57.5 cm.
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Geographical description: 
Map of North and South America with the northern part of North America unfinished and Great Lakes missing. Decorative borders include illustrations of native Americans from Brazil, Chile, and Patagonia, as well as views and plans of Havana, Mexico City, Cuzco, Pomeiooc (a Virginia native American village), Fort May, San Dominigo, Pernambuco, Potosi, Cartgena, and S. Jacobi. Also includes portraits of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish, and Olivier van Noort. Decorative elements include sea monsters and fish, ships, canoes, kayaks with men fishing. Includes decorative inset of the North Pole showing the Strait of Anian with angels, fruit, and a bird.
Burden, P.D. Mapping of North America, 182
Geographic Area: 
Western hemisphere
Historical notes: 
When Pieter van den Keere first published this map in 1614, it was the first single sheet map of America with decorative borders. He sold his plate for this map to Claes Jansz. Visscher in 1623.
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Nicolaes Visscher
Abraham Goos