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Auction 181, Lot 58

"Tabula, in Argonautica Victoriae [in] Joannis Bisselii, e Societate Jesu, Argonauticon Americanorum, sive, Historiae Periculorum Petri de Victoria, ac Sociorum eius, Libri XV",

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1647 (published)


Color: Black & White

4.7 x 2.6 inches
11.9 x 6.6 cm

This scarce miniature map of the Americas is bound into Jesuit historian Johann Bissel's loose literary adaptation of the chronicles of Spanish adventurer Padre Pedro Gobeo da Victoria (1560-1630). Gobeo da Victoria traveled from Spain to South America, tangled with pirates, shipwrecked, and eventually joined the Jesuit order in Lima, Peru. The nicely engraved map of the New World is derived from Ortelius. It depicts California as a peninsula, and Virginia appears to the west of Nova Francia. The map extends to show Japan, the Philippines, New Guinea, the Solomons, and a large part of Australis Incognita. The volume is complete except for the engraved frontispiece by Guillaume Kilian. 480 pages. 32mo. Hardbound in later blue cloth with gilt title on spine.

References: Burden #272; Sabin #99443.

Condition: B+

Contents have occasional light dampstains and scattered foxing with minor manuscript notations on the title page. Modern binding has light wear.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/10/2021