Nova et accurata totius Americae tabula

Author: Wit, Frederik de
Date: 1660
Location: America, North America, South America

Dimensions: 122.0 x 153.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: G3290 1660 .W5


Published by the noted mid-17th century Dutch cartographer, Frederik de Wit, this remarkably well preserved wall map of the Americas is previously unrecorded. With its large and masterful design, it is beautifully engraved and embellished, highlighted by the best Dutch coloring of the period. Early Dutch wall maps, perhaps the most decorative printed maps ever produced, are relatively uncommon today, primarily because their large size and public display lead to extensive damage and fading. According to the map's title, it presents a "new" and "accurate" geographic image of both Americas. However, its depiction of the North American west coast appears unfamiliar and inaccurate to modern eyes. This portrayal of California as an island was a long-held cartographic myth, based on incomplete and mistaken information that had gained wide acceptance among British and Dutch cartographers since the 1630s. Circa 1660.

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