"Tierra Nova", Gastaldi, Giacomo
Subject: South America
Period: 1548 (published)
Publication: Ptolemy's Geographia
Color: Black & White
6.7 x 5.1 inches
17 x 13 cm
A great map from the first printed "pocket" atlas and one of the earliest maps of South America available to the collector. It depicts the South American continent, South Atlantic and part of the coast of Guinea. It includes numerous inaccuracies with the Amazon River, here called R maragnon, shown with its source in the south. There are place names along the coastlines, except in present-day Chili, which had yet to be explored by Europeans. The great Inca cities are shown in Peru. Italian text on verso.
Slightly uneven impression, as is usual with maps from this atlas. Two tiny worm holes in margins, well away from map.