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Auction 183, Lot 4

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
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This scarce, heart-shaped world map is based on Waldseemuller’s important map of 1507 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. On verso is a miniature globe positioned on the eastern hemisphere and the western half of a map of Spain and Portugal.

References: Shirley #86.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with minor soiling and several small holes along the centerfold with minor loss of image, all but one of which have been backed on verso with archival tissue.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 6/9/2021