Auction 121, Lot 62

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

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1592 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographey

Color: Black & White

14.2 x 12 inches
36.1 x 30.5 cm

This handsome woodcut is based on Abraham Ortelius' classic map. It features 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. 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. German text on verso.

References: Burden #67.

Condition: C+

The margins have been trimmed all around and into the German title at top. Scattered foxing and some showthrough of text on verso. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/26/2007