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This map of the Western Hemisphere is based on the Jodocus Hondius of 1618, but unlike most derivatives of that map, Merian has altered the perspective on the inset map of Greenland at the top. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent entirely too wide. There is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial South America.
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f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Credit Library and Archives Canada.
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Biography / Administrative history
Born in Basle, Switzerland. Worked as a draughtsman, topographical engraver and publisher in Basle, Zurich, Strsbourg and Frankfurt am Main. Best known for his plans nad town views. Married the daughter of Theodore de Bry and completed the later parts and editions of De Bry,s Grans and Pettits Voyages, Theatrum European, 1629 with editions to 1718. Source: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, rev. ed. vol. K-P
"M. Merian fecit" appears in lower right corner of map.
Includes inset map of Greenland. 5 x 6 cm.
Illustrated with strapwork title cartouche, a sea monster and Spanish galleons.
From: Avity, Pierre d', sieur de Montmartin, 1573-1635 . Newe Archontologia cosmica,1646, map no. 
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Citation / reference note
Tooley, p. 299.
Phillips, Entry 58, map no 
Phillips, Entry 456, map no 
Wagner, v. 2, Entry 329.
A. E. Nordenskold Collection, v. 1, Entry 82, map no 
Availability of other formats note
1. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. South America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1800.
Other system control no.
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