M-12539: (Image: 19 1/2 x 22'') ''AMERICA
SEPTENTRIONALIS. Novissima. AMERICA MERIDIONALIS. accuratissima.''
Amsterdam: Pieter Schenk, c. 1696.
Engraved map with original hand-coloring. (Ref: McLaughlin, #120;
Tooley, p. 125, #56; Leighly, J. #102;
This very scarce and beautiful map was separately
issued. ''... Notable feature of this map is the two separate titles for
North and South America. These, it is believed, are etched by the noted artist Romein de Hooghe...The map is uncommon as clearly there were legal disputes over the
issue...'' (Burden). It depicts California as an island with several place names provided (C. de
Mendocino, Canal de S. Barbara, Pt. de Francisco Drake...). The R. del Norte (Rio Grande) flows
westward from a large inland lake located just north of Taos. Buttons
Bay and the Great Lakes are
both left open-ended in the west, leaving open the possibility of a Northwest
Passage. In South America the mythical Prime Lacus straddles the
equator, The Amazon River is shown as an elaborate network of waterways, and
the Paraguay River has its headwaters I the spurious Xarayes Lake. Quiri
Regio and Insule Salmonis are prominently featured in the Pacific.