Map of the Western Hemisphere from 1659
This is a very rare derivative of the important 1618 Hondius map.
The engraver is unknown, although it is closely copied from Picart's 1644 version, which in turn was derived from Jansson's 1623 map.
North America retains peninsular California and not much detail along the east coast in the mid-Atlantic region.
In the southwest, the famous seven cities of Cibola appear on the shores of a large spurious lake. In South America, the mythical Parime Lacus is shown south of Guyana and there are two scenes recorded, one detailing a cannibal feast and the other showing a mythical Patagonian giant.
Two stylized insets of polar regions are placed on strip cards; the North Pole depicts Frobisher's theory of the Northwest Passage and the South Pole depicts the longstanding notion of the mythical southern continent.
The map is flanked on three sides with letter-to-figure borders depicting Native Americans and their major cities.
This map can be easily distinguished from the Hondius map because the figures on the sides were reversed when they were copied by the engraver.
Unlike Blaeu's similar map, the cities at the top include three North American cities: the Indian village of Pomeiooc, Virginia, the French Fort of Carolina, and St. Augustin, Florida.
1623 Map of the Western Hemisphere – Historical Map