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Auction 130, Lot 93

"[North America]", Bordone, Benedetto

Subject: North America, Scandinavia

Period: 1534 (circa)

Publication: Isolario

Color: Black & White

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This important, and scarce little map introduces a very early representation of North America, which is labeled Terra de lavortore. The Stretto pte del modo novo depicts the area corresponding to the latitude of the Caribbean. The fictitious islands of Brasil and Asmaide appear just to the north of Azores. While representing North America, the geography more closely resembles the northeast coastline of Asia; the two often being interrelated at this point in history. On a full sheet of Italian text with a map of Scandinavia on verso.

References: Burden #8; Manasek #7.

Condition: A

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/2/2009