"Castilia Aurifera cum Vicinis Provinciis", Wytfliet, Cornelis
Subject: Colombia, Panama & Venezuela
Period: 1598 (circa)
Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum
Color: Black & White
11.6 x 9.1 inches
29.5 x 23.1 cm
This fascinating map is from the first printed atlas relating exclusively to America. 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. This map covers Colombia, Panama and part of Venezuela. Several important colonial settlements are named and located, including Cartago, Victoria, Cartagena, and Panama (City). Decorative title cartouche at upper left.
References: Kapp (MCC-77) #4; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #307-7.
Watermarked paper with light soiling and a few tiny worm holes that have been professionally infilled.