"Chica Sive Patagonica et Australis Terra", Metellus, Natalius Sequanus
Subject: South Pole
Period: 1598 (dated)
Publication: De Natura Nova Orbis
Color: Black & White
11.5 x 9 inches
29.2 x 22.9 cm
This is the very rare and slightly smaller version of the Wytfliet map of the same title. It is divided into two parts. The upper section shows the tip of South America, with the Strait of Magellan separating it from Terra Australis. The lower map shows the South Pole and the huge Terra Australis, with promontories reaching towards Africa, Java and New Guinea. The sea is stipple engraved and includes an image of Magellan's ship Victoria entering the strait, which is named for him. It is further ornamented with a fine strapwork title cartouche.