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Auction 93, Lot 96

"Norumbega et Virginia", Wytfliet, Cornelis

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1597 (dated)

Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum

Color: Black & White

11.5 x 9 inches
29.2 x 22.9 cm
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This important map is from the first atlas devoted exclusively to the New World. It shows the northeast coast of North America from Nova Scotia to the Outer Banks of the Carolinas. This was the most accurate map available at the time, depicting a period just prior to the English voyages, which would improve the cartography greatly. There is no Long Island, Hudson River or Cape Cod, and Chesapeake Bay (Chesipooc Sinus) is placed too far north. It is the second map (after the de Bry-White of 1590)) to use the name Virginia in the title and incorporates much of John White's topography and nomenclature. The mythical city of Norumbega is prominently featured, and several other Indian villages are named. A large compass rose and a strange, oared ship fill the Atlantic. This is the first state of this important map. RESERVE $2,750

References: Burden #103; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, plt. #40.

Condition: A

Couple of small spots resulting from paper flaws, still overall very good.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 12/6/2000