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Auction 109, Lot 71

"Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio", Munster/Petri

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae…

Color: Black & White

14.5 x 12 inches
36.8 x 30.5 cm

Woodcut map by based on Abraham Ortelius' classic map of 1570, with the huge bulge in the southwest coastline of South America, an overly broad western coastline of North America, and the great southern continent, here called Meridies Terra de Fuego. However, because of the restrictions inherent in wood block engraving, Petri's map is somewhat generalized. A village of Quivira and the Sierra Nevada are located in present-day California. Inland is the kingdom of Quivira with those of Anian and Tolm to the north and east. Above the map are two elongated ovals of gothic German text and above that, in the upper margin a Dutch title "Die newen Inseln so hinder Hispania Gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie Gelegen."

References: Burden #67.

Condition: C

Trimmed into lower border with loss of outer neatline. A few small spots with slight show through of text on verso.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,300


Closed on 12/1/2004