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  AMERICA 

STRADANUS, Johannes. [Scarce plate from Stradanus's 'New Discoveries']
Nova Reperta. Antwerp, Philip Galle, c.1600. 205 x 270mm. Laid on album paper.
A map of America and representations of important inventions of the late 16th Century, from an original drawing by Johannes Stradanus, a Flemish artist living in Italy and engraved by Phillippe Galle for the expanded 1600 edition of Galle's Americae Retectio. On this sheet nine inventions are shown, marked with Roman numerals, with a key underneath with arabic numerals. 1: America; 2: the mariner's compass, said to have been discovered by Flavius of Amalfi; 3: gunpowder; 4: the printing press; 5: the mechanical clock; 6: Guaiacum, an American tropical wood used to treat syphilis; 7: distillation; 8: silkworms; 9: stirrups. This plate differs from the example in Burden's Mapping of America, lacking the Maltese Cross in the title. Other than this there are no apparent differences; even the signatures of Stradanus and Galle are identical. See BURDEN: 139.
[Ref: 9637]    £1,000.00 ($1,422 • €1,149 rates)


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