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Auction 125, Lot 19

"Tipus Orbis Terrarum", Solis, Hernando de

Subject: World

Period: 1603 (published)

Publication: Relaciones Universales del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 13 inches
48.8 x 33 cm
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This striking map is from a rare Spanish translation of Botero’s geographical and political commentary. Thus it is one of the few maps to be published in Spain during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The map is based on the work of Abraham Ortelius. It depicts the earlier portrayal of the Americas, including the characteristic bulge in South America, but with the strapwork surround and medallion design of Ortelius' later maps. North America is elongated with an apparent Sea of Verazzano connecting to a convenient Northwest Passage below the Arctic, shown with the four rivers flowing from the North Pole from Mercator's map. The Atlantic is filled with fictitious islands, including Frislant, S. Brandan, Brasil, and Sept cices. The huge southern continent of Tierra Austra Aunno Conocida is dotted with names from the explorations of Marco Polo, including Beach, Lucach and Maletur. Tierra del Fuego is included in this landmass, and New Guinea is shown as an oversized island off its coastline.

References: Shirley #242.

Condition: B+

A lovely example with paper professionally added to the left binding side to facilitate framing. There is an invisibly repaired tear just above the inset of Africa. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $5,500 - $7,000

Sold for: $4,250

Closed on 9/24/2008