Auction 98, Lot 56

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

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

14.4 x 12.2 inches
36.6 x 31 cm

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

Minor show through of text on verso, later color.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 3/6/2002