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Auction 95, Lot 58

"Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio", Munster/Petri

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

14 x 12.5 inches
35.6 x 31.8 cm
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Woodcut map by based on Abraham Ortelius' classic hemispheric map of 1570, with the huge bulge in the southwest coastline of South America, the Ortelian western coastline of North America, and the great southern continent, here called 'Meridies Terra de Fuego'. However, because of the restrictions inherent in wood block engraving, Petri's map is somewhat generalized. A village of 'Quivira' and the Sierra Nevada is located in present-day California. Inland is the kingdom of 'Quivira' with those of 'Anian' and 'Tolm' to the north and east. Above the map are two elongated ovals of Gothic German text and above that, in the upper margin a German title "Die newen Inseln so hinder Hispania Gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie Gelegen".

References: Burden #67.

Condition: A

Very sharp impression with faint toning along fold, overall a very fine example of this map.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,700

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 6/13/2001