Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Antique map of America by van der Aa

Antique map of America by van der Aa
Cartographer

van der Aa

Title

Amerika of de Nieuwe Weereld

Published

Leiden, 1706

Size

15.0 x 22.5 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18799

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 650

Description

Rare map of the Americas by Pieter van der Aa. With California as an island, showing Drake's Nova Albion. The map includes many of the discoveries in the Pacific Oceean.

Very decorative title cartouche featuring Christopher Columbus, his fleet, and many navigational instruments.

Pieter van der Aa 1659-1733

"Records show that van der Aa, born in Leiden in 1659, made an early start in life by being apprenticed to a bookseller at the age of nine and starting his own in business as a book publisher by the time he was twenty-three.

During the following fifty years he published an enormous amount of material including atlases and illustrated works in every shape and size, two of them consisting of no less than 27 and 28 volumes containing over 3,000 maps and plates."

(Moreland & Bannister).