"Hispaniola Insula", Wytfliet, Cornelis
Period: 1597 (circa)
Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum
Color: Black & White
11.4 x 9 inches
29 x 22.9 cm
This is one of only two Caribbean maps in this important work, which was the first atlas dedicated to the New World. It provides an important, early view of Hispaniola with a small part of eastern Cuba. The map provides a fairly accurate depiction of the island with the locations of early colonial settlements and Indian villages. P. Nativitat on the north coast of present-day Haiti is where Columbus built his first settlement in 1492. The handsome map is embellished with a large strapwork title cartouche and a fully engraved moiré-patterned sea.
There are several small abrasions along the centerfold, faint offsetting, and a small centerfold separation at bottom confined to the blank margin.