Johannes de Laet

Johannes de Laet. Novus orbis. Amsterdam, 1633.

Johannes de Laet. Novus orbis. Amsterdam, 1633.

As director of the Dutch West India Company, Johannes de Laet (1593-1649) had ready access to current information about the Americas. He used this information as the basis for the present work, the most accurate and comprehensive book of the period about the New World. Its fourteen maps of the Americas became the most copied and influential for over a century and include the first printed map to name New Amsterdam and Manhattan. The work contains charming if somewhat fanciful illustrations of the flora and fauna of the New World.