Nowel Amsterdam en Lamerique : 1672


Nowel Amsterdam en Lamerique

Item Information

Title:
Nowel Amsterdam en Lamerique : 1672
Title (alt.):
Nowel Amsterdam en l'Amérique : 1672
Nowel Amsterdam en Lameriqve
Description:
One of the earliest European attempts to publish a view of a North American city from a birds eye perspective is this image titled New Amsterdam. Issued in 1672 by French publisher Gerard Jollain, it was deliberately mislabeled.Eight years earlier, the British had captured the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam and renamed it New York. Not only is the map outdated, it is also completely fictitious! In fact the street pattern, the buildings, and the hilly topography are those of late 16th-century Lisbon, Portugal. These elements were copied from a popular image of Lisbon that was originally published in Braun and Hobenbergs Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cologne, 1572-1617). A Dutch cartographer published a ground-level view of New Amsterdam several years before Jollain issued his view, but it is not likely that a French audience would have been familiar with the more accurate Dutch portrayal. As if to attest to the views geographical accuracy, Jollain added an inset showing the relative location of New Amsterdam within the New Holland colony. He also added place names showing the adjacent British colony of Massachusetts and neighboring Indian groups. The text, in both Latin and French at the bottom of the view, describes New Amsterdam as a Dutch colony.
Creator:
Jollain, Gérard, d. 1683
Name on Item:
Iollain ex.
Date:
[1672]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Imaginary places--New York (State)--New York--Maps--Early works to 1800
New York (N.Y.)--Aerial views--Early works to 1800
New York Region--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places:
New YorkNew York
Publisher:
Paris? : Iollain
Notes:
Bird's-eye view of imaginary city (not New Amsterdam) showing individual buildings and place-names in French.
Relief shown pictorially.
Includes text, inset of "La Nouvelle Holande en l'Amerique", ill. of ships in "Mer du Nort", and coat-of-arms.
Text in Latin and French.
Extent:
1 map : cloth backing ; 33 x 51 cm.
Scale:
Scale not given.
Language:
French
Latin
Identifier:
06_01_000904
Call #:
G3804.N4A3 1672 .J6
Barcode:
39999052508874
LCCN:
2002623791
Terms of Use:
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