NOVI BELGII / NOVAEQUE ANGILAE NEC NON / PARTIS / VIRGINIAE TABULA / multis in locis emendate a / Nicolao Joannis Visschero / Amsterdam, 1659

Nicolas Jansz Visscher (1618-1679), an accomplished Dutch cartographer, published an important map of the Dutch lands in North America. This is a copy of that map. The text at bottom center reads “A CORRECT COPY & IMITATION OF THE ORIGINAL DUTCH MAP in the possession of S. CONVERSE, PUBLISHER, NEW YORK. Engraved by THOS STARLING, WILMINGTON SQUARE, LONDON, 1833.” As in the Visscher original (which was actually published in 1655), an inset below the title depicts “NIEUW AMSTERDAM / op t’Eylant Manhattans.”
This map extends from 37° to 46°10' north latitude and from 297° to 312° longitude measured from west to east.
Sherman Converse, the one-time owner of the Visscher map, was a Yale graduate who was friendly with Noah Webster and published Webster's first dictionary. Converse moved from New York to Quebec in 1838, returned to the United States around 1844, and died in Boston.
Ref: Wilberforce Eames, “The First Three Engraved Views of New York,” New York Times (Feb. 16, 1901), p. BR 13.
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paper (overall material)
overall: 19 1/2 in x 25 in; 49.53 cm x 63.5 cm
overall: 20 1/2 in x 24 in; 52.07 cm x 60.96 cm
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United Kingdom: England, London
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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