Map of America, ca. 1640
My father was a lifelong printer, and this hung on his office wall for several years. It was given to him by a gentleman whose great-great-grandfather was the founding gentleman of our town. And he came to my dad and he said, "You know, in ten years, "it's going to be the bicentennial of our town. "Would you help me raise funds to have a great celebration?" And Dad did, and as a thank you gift, the gentleman gave him this map.
So what's your sense of how old it is?
Well, I'm guessing that this was late 1800s, early 1900s?
Well, you're off by a few centuries.
It's actually from about 1640.
Oh, my goodness!
It is an original map from the period. It's a Dutch map. And the guy who made it was a man named Jan Jansson, and his name is right down here. And he was one of the leading Dutch mapmakers of the 17th century. Anything from that period is going to have some value, especially ones of the Americas because that's what collectors want. This map in a shop would probably sell for about $3,000.
Oh, my goodness, that's really cool.
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