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    Petrus Bertius and Pierre Mariette, "Carte de L' Amerique", copperplate engraving, 22.5" x 16.5", Paris, France, 1646. This early depiction of the Western Hemisphere drew upon more than a century of European exploration, and thus reveals a somewhat realistic American interior. California is no longer shown as an island, and rivers such as the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi are drawn in the proper relation to one another. Hundreds of place names dot a rapidly filling landscape. Vignettes are liberally sprinkled throughout the map with these including ships, sea monsters, and Indians. Two insets, blending fact with fancy, show the Earth's poles. Original fold with small split at lower extremity, even toning with some soiling, and minor marginal stains. Very good condition.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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