Leen Helmink Antique Maps & Atlases


van der Aa - Amerika of de Nieuwe Weereld

Certificate of Authentication

This is to certify that the item illustrated and described below is a genuine and
original antique map or print that was published on or near the given date.

Dr Leendert Helmink, Ph.D.

Antique map of America by van der Aa

Pieter van der Aa

First Published

Leiden, 1706

This edition

1706 or later


15.0 x 22.5 cms


Copper engraving

Stock number





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).