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America in Praecipuas Ipsius Partes Distributa ad Observationes…


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Pieter van der Aa

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Very rare large early coloured copper engraving "America in Praecipuas Ipsius Partes Distributa ad Observationes…" from 'Le Nouveau Theatre' from 1713 by Pieter van der Aa.


This very rare and beautiful early hand coloured map "America in Praecipuas Ipsius Partes Distributa ad Observationes…" by Pieter van der Aa from the atlas "Le Nouveau Theatre," is a large and detailed map of the Americas, featuring a prominent representation of the island of California, characterised by a deeply indented northern coastline, following the second Sanson model. The British colonies are primarily concentrated along the Eastern seaboard, confined by Les Cinq Nationals Iroquoises, while the French territories extend westward to the Mississippi River, although positioned farther to the west than accurate. Spanish dominion encompasses Florida, the Carolinas, Florida, and the coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico. The regions of Nova Mexicana and Nova Granada cover the entire western coast. Notably, the South American coastline exhibits an exaggerated eastward bulge, with some confusion between the Orinoco and the River Negro. Despite incorporating certain outdated cartographic concepts, often described as a "throwback" map, it is replete with intricate details and annotations.

"Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde" by Pieter Van der Aa is an atlas published in Leiden in 1713. The maps are copperplate engravings.

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch cartographer as well as publisher who is best known for his atlases and travel books. He was born in Leiden, Netherlands, and was the son of a printer. After completing his education, he joined his father's business and started producing maps and prints.

In 1682, Pieter Van der Aa published his first major work, "Naauwkeurige Versameling der Gedenk-Waardigste Zee en Land-Reysen" (Precise Collection of the Most Memorable Voyages and Travels), a collection of travel accounts and engravings. He went on to publish numerous other travel books and atlases, including "Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde" (The New Theatre of the World).

Pieter Van der Aa was known for his skilful engraving and printing, as well as his meticulous attention to detail. His maps were often based on the latest geographic knowledge and exploration, and he made efforts to update and improve his works over time. He was also a member of the booksellers' guild in Leiden and played an active role in the Dutch publishing industry.

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