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Auction 138, Lot 15

Honter's Heart-Shaped Map of the World

"Universalis Cosmographia", Honter, Jon Coronensis

Subject: World

Period: 1546 (dated)

Publication: Rudimenta Cosmographica

Color: Black & White

6.5 x 4.8 inches
16.5 x 12.2 cm

This scarce, heart-shaped world map is based on Waldseemuller’s important map of 1516 and Apian’s map of 1520. The map reflects Magellan’s reports of the South American continent and the vast Pacific Ocean. The North American coastline is depicted as part of a large island, with a direct route to Asia near the Equator. In Africa, two large lakes near the Mountains of the Moon are shown as the source of the Nile. The woodblock map was cut by Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder, whose monogram appears at bottom left as HVE. The map was first issued in Rudimenta Cosmographica, and was issued numerous times thereafter in a number of publications up to 1602. On verso is the western half of a map of the Iberian Peninsula, and a small hemispherical world map showing the eastern hemisphere.

References: Shirley #86.

Condition: B+

There are two minute abrasions along centerfold, and minor soiling. A few small holes along centerfold in blank areas have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/7/2011