Recentissima Novi Orbis sive Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Tabula...

Justus Danckerts (*1635 - 1701)
Old coloured map of the American continent. Printed in Amsterdam circa 1685.

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Beautiful old coloured antique map of America by Justus Danckerts. With California still shown as an island. The The highly decorative title cartouche, crowned by two snakes, is surrounded by several gold seekers and a few gold bars.

While the map's overall design and geography closely resemble Frederick de Wit's map from approximately 1675, there are notable differences. Danckerts introduced new place names in the Great Lakes region, and omitted the cartouche in the top left corner. This adjustment allows for a more extensive representation of Dutch-explored lands like Terra Esonis, Yedso, and Iaponle. In contrast to the rare first state, which lacks nomenclature in Terra Esonis, Danckerts addressed this in a second state. The map showcases all five Great Lakes, a pioneering move by de Wit. Interestingly, the two western Lakes, Michigan and Superior, are left open to the west. The Dutch claim to New Netherlands is still visually depicted on this map.

Crafted by the esteemed Danckerts family of Amsterdam, recognized as one of the most distinguished cartographic families in the 17th century, this map reflects the artistry of some of the world's finest draughtsmen and engravers. The Danckerts family is renowned for producing some of the finest atlases of the period, contributing significantly to the cartographic landscape. This particular copy stands out as a fine example, enhanced by meticulous watercoloring executed at the time of its creation.


CartographerJustus Danckerts
TitleRecentissima Novi Orbis sive Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Tabula...
Publisher, YearAmsterdam, circa 1685
Plate Size49.5 x 57.5 cm (19.5 x 22.6 inches)
Sheet Size52.0 x 59.5 cm (20.5 x 23.4 inches)
ReferenceBurden, P.D.: The Mapping of North America No. 725; Tooley, R.V.: The Mapping of America, No. 53.


Slightly wavy at the top left and right of the centrefold, several tears at the bottom and right margin restored, partliy into the image. Lower right margin trimmed and border redrawn. Beautiful old colour. Very good condition.


The Danckerts family sold and published maps during the 17th Century in Amsterdam. Justus Danckerts, the son of the business founder Cornelius Danckerts, was born 1635. He has published several Atlases together with his son Theodorus between 1680 and 1700. The plates finally have been sold to R. & J. Ottens how published them on their own name. He died in 1701.

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Justus Danckerts: Recentissima Novi Orbis sive Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Tabula....
Old coloured map of the American continent. Printed in Amsterdam circa 1685.

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