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  AMERICA 

STRADANUS, Johannes. [Titlepage to Stradanus's "New Discoveries"]
Nova Reperta. Antwerp, Philip Galle, c.1600. 205 x 270mm. Laid on album paper.
The titlepage to a series of 24 old master engravings depicting Renaissance discoveries and inventions. On this sheet nine are shown, marked with roman numerals, with a key underneath with arabic numerals. 1: America, discovered by Colombus and named by Vespucci; 2: the magnetic wind rose, 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]    £1,250.00 ($1,650 • €1,400 rates)


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