Auction 119, Lot 78

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

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

14.3 x 12.5 inches
36.3 x 31.8 cm

This handsome woodcut map is based on Abraham Ortelius' classic map of 1570, with the huge bulge in the southwest coastline of South America, the extensive 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, there 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 German title, "Die newen Inseln so hinder Hispania Gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie Gelegen." German text and illustration on verso.

References: Burden #67.

Condition: B

Lightly toned with some show-through of text on verso. Some paper replacement in upper right margin, not affecting map.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 5/9/2007