Auction 149, Lot 59

"Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio", Munster/Petri

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1614 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis…

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 12.1 inches
36.1 x 30.7 cm

This woodcut map of the Americas is based on Abraham Ortelius' classic map of 1570. Its distinguishing features include the huge bulge in the southwest coastline of South America, the extensive western coastline of North America, and the great southern continent, here called Meridies Terra de Fuego. Because of the restrictions inherent in wood block engraving, Petri's map is somewhat more generalized. A village of Quivira and the Sierra Nevada are located in present-day California. Inland is the kingdom of Quivira with those of Anian and Tolm to the north and east. Above the map are two elongated ovals of gothic German text and a German title appears in the top margin, "Die newen Inseln so hinder Hispaniam Gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie Gelegen." On verso is an additional similar German title with a woodcut engraving.

References: Burden #67.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with very minor soiling, a few creases at bottom right, and professional repairs to a few small separations and tiny holes along the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 5/21/2014