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Auction 181, Lot 1

Honter's Heart-Shaped Map of the World

"Universalis Cosmographia", Honter, Jon Coronensis

Subject: World

Period: 1546 (dated)


Color: Black & White

6.4 x 4.8 inches
16.3 x 12.2 cm

This scarce, heart-shaped world map is based on Waldseemuller’s important map of 1516 and Apian’s map of 1520. The map reflects Magellan’s reports of the South American continent and the vast Pacific Ocean. The North American coastline is depicted as part of a large island, with a direct route to Asia near the Equator. In Africa, two large lakes near the Mountains of the Moon are shown as the source of the Nile. The woodblock map was cut by Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder, whose monogram appears at bottom left as HVE. The map was first issued in Rudimenta Cosmographica, and was issued numerous times thereafter in a number of publications up to 1606, including this example which was published by Johann Stumpf in his atlas of Switzerland.

References: Shirley #86.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with a hint of toning and remnants of hinge tape along the top edge of the sheet on recto. There is an extraneous horizontal fold in the text below the map.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $850

Closed on 2/10/2021