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Auction 150, Lot 364

"Castilia Avrifera cum Vicinis Provinciis", Wytfliet, Cornelis

Subject: Northwestern South America

Period: 1597 (published)

Publication: Descripcionis Ptolemaicae...

Color: Hand Color

11.6 x 9.1 inches
29.5 x 23.1 cm
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This map is from the first atlas devoted entirely to maps of the Americas. Wytfliet's work was referred to as a continuation of Ptolemy, despite the fact that there was little connection with Ptolemy except for his name on the title page. Wytfliet compiled his atlas using multiple published sources, including Ramusio, Hakluyt and De Bry. The map covers Colombia, Panama and part of Venezuela. Several important colonial settlements are named and located, including Cartago, Victoria, Cartagena, and Panama (City). Embellished with a strapwork title cartouche at upper left.


Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with a few small abrasions along centerfold and near map border.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/17/2014