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LAET, JOHANNES DE. Novus Orbis seu Descriptionis Indiae Occidentalis. Libri XVIII. 14 engraved maps of American subjects, engraved title page, woodcut text illustrations. , 104, 205-690,  pages. Folio, early calf with gilt fillet border, rebacked; intermittent toning and foxing, minor dampstaining, washed; with half-title; bookplates on front pastedown. Leiden: Elzevir, 1633
first latin edition of de Laet's 1630 Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien, translated by the author. The maps, which were compiled by Hessel Gerritsz, are in many cases foundational representations of their regions. For instance, the map of New England was the first to name Manhattan, New Amsterdam, and Massachusetts. "Arguably the finest description of the Americas published in the seventeenth century"--Burden 231. Borba de Moraes, page I:451; European Americana 633/65; Sabin 38557; Vail 84. Provenance: American historian George Bancroft (bookplate); collection of Dean Cycon.
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