"Seventeenth Period A. D. 1551. At the Death of Charles V", Hughes, William
Period: 1850 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
36.5 x 21 inches
92.7 x 53.3 cm
This large double hemisphere map is number seventeen in a series of twenty-one maps, illustrating the known parts of the world at significant moments in history. The map shows the geographical knowledge achieved by the time of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's death, leaving the unknown areas of the world obscured with dark clouds. During Charles' reign as king of Spain in 1517, he expanded Spanish claims by financing Magellan's voyage to circumnavigate the world, which is noted in the Great South Sea. The Philippines and the Great South Sea, two discoveries resulting from this voyage, appear on the map. Three legends at the top color code the empires and countries of the world.
Issued folding with original color and light toning along folds. Long separations along folds have been closed with archival tape on verso. There are short tears and chips in blank margins, some of which have been closed with archival tape, including one archivally repaired tear that enters 0.5" into image.