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Kraus 5, America, quarta pars orbis (1673)

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Title   America, quarta pars orbis
Cartographer   Blaeu, Willem Janszoon (1571 - 1638)
Subject   America--Maps--Early works to 1800
Publisher   Todeschi, Pietro
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1673
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   5
Dimensions in mm.   920 x 1340 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Large engraved wall map (815x1055 mm.) with figures of American peoples and costume added in 16 small panels to the right and left, views of 12 American cities in small panels below. Mounted on old heavy fabric. Overall measure 920 x 1340mm.

The Blaeu wall map of America is another outstanding example of the Dutch school of cartography; in some respects it is superior to maps of the Americas published much later (e.g., in depicting California as part of the mainland, not an island - the latter a feature found on maps well into the 18th century).

The present edition is clearly that of 1673, conforming in all respects to Wieder’s and Ristow’s descriptions; the added text and heading are not, however, attached to this example. Wieder locates two copies of this map (a private Dutch collection; Royal Geographical Society), and there is also a copy in the Library of Congress.

The views of St. Augustine, Florida, Santo Domingo, and Cartagena, in the added lower border, are after the Baptista Boazio engravings, made from plans of the Drake West Indies raid of 158 5-15 86.

Wieder, F. C., "Descriptive Catalogue of Maps published separately by Blaeu", in: Monumenta Cartography (ed. Wieder), III, no. 115, p. 75.
Ristow, W. W, "Seventeenth Century Wall Maps of America and Africa", in: Library of Congress, Quarterly Journal, Jan., 1967, 3-17.