Antique Matthaus Merian Hand Colored Map of America 1638
Matthaus Merian, Map of America Circa 1638 Hand Coloring in Outline Ca. 1638. Inset of Greenland and Iceland with text block: "Septentrionalissimas America partes Groenlandiam puta, Islandiam et adjacentes quod America tabulae commode comprehendi non potuerit, peculiari hac tabella Spectatoribus exhibendas duximus" (Northern America and the relationships of Greenland and Island (likely Iceland) which they thought worthy of special mapping). With outline color and colored cartouche. Ships in the various oceans along with large fishes/sea monsters. California is a peninsula. Text-heavy map with hundreds of place names in both North and South America, Great Lakes are missing other than maybe Lake Erie or Ontario (connecting with St. Lawrence). Florida is short and wide, and West Indies are a bit oversized. There is no Long Island between Virginia and Nova Scotia .
Measures 12" x 14" central fold.
Condition: Very good, with light overall toning.