Three (3) early maps of America, including Merian and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. 1st item: "America Noviter Delineata" by Mathaus Merian (Swiss, 1593-1650), published in Frankfurt, 1638. Based on "A Map of America" by Jodocus Hondius (Flemish, 1563-1612), 1618. Copper plate engraving depicting an early and embellished version of North America, Central, and South America and some surrounding continents with oversized continents and coastlines, images of ships and sea monsters, with early settlements, rivers, bodies of water excluding the Great Lakes, mountain ranges, the Tropic of Cancer, Capricorn, the Equator, and other areas of interest including locations of Native Americans identified in Latin text. Inset map of Greenland with text box, top left of map. Decorative title cartouche, lower left of map. Line border, top and bottom of map. Hinge mounted to brown matte and housed under glass in a wooden frame. Map – 11" H x 13 3/4" W. Sheet – 12 3/8" H x 13 3/8" W. Framed – 16 1/2" H x 17 5/8" W. 2nd item: "The Arrival of the English in Virginia" map engraved by Theodor De Bry (Dutch, 1528-1598) after a drawing by John White (United Kingdom, c. 1540-c. 1593) from "The Great Voyages: America, in Latin", published by Johannes Wecheli, Frankfurt, 1590. Copper plate engraving depicting the colony of Virginia, based on earlier watercolor drawings and maps created by John White who accompanied the "Lost Colony" expedition to Roanoke. The map also includes the locations of Indian settlements and harbors in the area surrounding Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina with Latin text. Title, centered above map. Latin text, below map. Float mounted under glass in a gilt wood frame. Map – 6 1/8" H x 8 5/8" W. Sheet – 13 1/8" H x 9 1/8" W. Sight – 14 3/4" H x 10 5/8" W. Framed – 16 7/8" H x 12 7/8" W. 3rd item: "America" map by Alphonse Lasor a Varea, also known under the pseudonym Raffaello Savonarola, from "Universus Terrarum Orbis Scriptorum Calamo Delineatus", published by Giovanni Battista Conzatti, Padua, circa 1713. Copper plate engraving depicting an early representation of the American continents and Antarctica with countries, territories, settlements, mountains, bodies of water, and the equator identified with Latin text. Title, centered above map. Map surrounded by scale notations and dotted border. Three columns of Latin text, above map. Three columns of Latin text, en verso. Matted and housed in glass under wooden frame. Map – 5 1/8" H x 7" W. Sight – 12 3/8" H x 8" W. Framed – 16 1/4" H x 11 5/8" W. All items European, late 16th/early 18th century. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with toning, foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, and pencil inscriptions. Left and right edges of sheet have been cut down. 2nd item: Overall good condition with toning. Not examined outside of frame. 3rd item: Overall good condition with toning, retail pencil inscriptions, en verso. Hinge mounted to map with two pieces of 1" x 3/4" pieces of white archival tape.
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