This lovely map of the Atlantic Ocean depicts the route of explorer Hieronymus Benzo, who traveled from Spain to the Americas and back to Italy from 1541-56. The map is centered on the northern Atlantic Ocean, and includes large portions of North America, South America and Africa. Many of the cartographic myths at the turn of the eighteenth century are also depicted, including a large inland lake in the Carolinas, an inaccurate depiction of the Great Lakes, and both Parime and Xarayes (not named) lakes in South America. The map is adorned with a vignette of Europeans taking two female natives prisoner. Surrounded by a decorative picture frame border.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with a faint dampstain barely visible in the decorative border at top. There is a manuscript page number above the neatline at top right.