Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio.

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This woodcut map of the Americas is based on Abraham Ortelius' classic map of 1570. Published in Basel by Sebastian Petri. Its distinguishing features include the huge bulge in the southwest coastline of South America, the extensive western coastline of North America, and the great southern continent, here called Meridies Terra de Fuego. Because of the restrictions inherent in wood block engraving, Petri's map is somewhat more generalized. A village of Quivira and the Sierra Nevada are 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 a German title appears in the top margin, "Die newen Inseln so hinder Hispaniam Gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie Gelegen." On verso is an additional similar German title with a woodcut engraving. Image size 36.4 x 30.8 cm.

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CONDITION

B+, There are a few small stains and professionally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom, entering less than 2 cm into image at bottom.

ISSUE PLACE/DATE

Basel/1614

REF

P.D.Burden. The mapping of North America, #67.

MAP MAKER

Sebastian Munster/Sebastian Petri

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