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Tabula Terre Nove. Strassburg, Johannes Shott, 1513 or 1520. Woodcut, printed area 385 x 445mm, paper watermarked with a fleur de lis, with good margins.
The rare first issue of Wäldseemüller's famous 'Admiral's map', the first printed atlas map specifically of the Americas. It shows the eastern coasts of America and the western coast of Europe & Africa 55º North to 35º South, with a rudimentary 'Florida', Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. The twenty place names in North America suggest his sources were Portuguese, particularly the Cantino chart of 1502 and Caveri of c.1505. As the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Peninsula appear before recorded voyages to either, this map is regarded as evidence of forgotten expeditions.
It was Wäldseemüller's wall map of the world map (1507) that first used the name 'America', although he was only using it for the parts of South America explored by Amerigo Vespucci. However others started using the name for the whole of the New World and here Wäldseemüller is trying to make amends: a Latin note reads 'This land and the adjacent islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus on the mandate of the King of Castile'.
This is the best example of this landmark map we have ever seen.
($111,600 • €105,300 rates)
[The most famous map of the Americas, the cornerstone of any map collection] America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1575, Latin text edition. Original colour. 355 x 480mm.
This map of America is one of the most important and influential maps of the continent published in the 16th Century. This example has the pagination of the 1575 edition of the Theatrum erased and the number of the 1579 edition added in old ink mss: the publishers were obviously using up the remainder of an old edition. It is printed from the first of three copper plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, when the 1579 edition usually has the second. It comes from the third state, with the Azores now correctly named and the latitude number '230' erased. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 9, iii of iii.
($4,464 • €4,212 rates)
[The first printed map of the Pacific] Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulusque in eodem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. Antwerp, 1592, Latin text edition. 345 x 495mm. A near mint condition example with wide margins.
An early example of the most sought-after of Ortelius's atlas maps, first published only two years earlier. Engraved in 1589, it pre-dates the concept of California as an island, has a huge island of New Guinea and an unrecognisable Japan. The south Pacific is filled with a vignette of the 'Victoria', Magellan's ship: his route through the Magellan Straits is shown, with Terra del Fuego depicted as part of the huge 'Terra Australis'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 12.
($8,680 • €8,190 rates)
[Ortelius's third plate of the Americas] America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1595, Latin text edition. Original colour with additions. 355 x 480mm. A very fine example.
Printed from the last of three plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, now with the famous extra bulge in South America removed and an extra cartouche over Anian. There is an engraved date of 1587 bottom right, and examples of the plate appeared in atlases the same year. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 11.
($6,138 • €5,792 rates)
[Ortelius's third plate of the Americas] America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1598, Latin text edition. 355 x 480mm. Excellent impression, wide margins.
Classic antique map of the Americas printed from the last of three plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, now with the famous extra bulge in South America removed and an extra cartouche over Anian. There is an engraved date of 1587 bottom right, and examples of the plate appeared in atlases the same year. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 11.
($4,464 • €4,212 rates)
[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.
($1,550 • €1,463 rates)
DE BRY, Theodore et al.
[An important book on early American exploration] [The Great or American Voyages] Frankfurt: 1594-1617. Parts I-VI only (of 13) in one volume. Latin text. Folio (335 x 235 mm), 17th century vellum over pasteboard, the flat spine with small panel outlined in gilt with rolls, titled in gilt within the panel. Various neat repairs, part VI lacking 2nd section (from page 108 including 2nd frontis. and 28 plates), binding with neat repairs to spine and the board edges, endpapers replaced.
De Bry's important collection of voyages of exploration to the Americas, containing several landmark maps of the continent. Included are Hariot's account of the English colony in Virginia (second edition, second issue, 1606), with the important map of the Roanoke colony in Virginia and plates after John White; Jacques Le Moyne's Florida (second edition, 1609), with his map of south east North America and engravings of Florida and its inhabitants; Hans Stadius's Brazil (second edition, first issue, 1605) with his map of Peru and Brazil; and Girolamo Benzoni's History of the New World (first two parts second editions, 1594 & 1617, the third the first edition of 1596), with maps of the Western Hemisphere, the West Indies and New Spain, and a view of Cusco.
($96,100 • €90,675 rates)
DU VAL, Pierre.
[Rare broadsheet with 18 maps of the Americas] L'Amerique Par P. Du Val Geographe du Roy. Paris: Jacques Lagniet, 1661. Coloured. 400 x 590mm. Nick in bottom margin, stain on the map of the Strait of Magellan.
A rare broadsheet, one of a set of four sheets of maps of each continent. The 18 sectional maps are a map of the Americas, Canada, Guiana, the Caribes, New Spain, New Mexico, the Antilles, Florida, Castile d'Or, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Virginia, New Holland, New Sweden, New Denmark and Magellanique. Showing California as an island. Originally published c.1656, Burden hypothesises that it pre-dates Sanson's 'Audience de Guadalajara' of 1657, so that the New Mexico map is the first to focus on California. BURDEN: 322.
($9,300 • €8,775 rates)
[An elegant map of the Americas] Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio. Amsterdam, c.1670. coloured. 440 x 550mm. Split lower centerfold restored.
Showing California as an island and a partial coastline of New Zealand which has been placed too far southwest, with two ornate cartouches. McLaughlin 48.
($1,860 • €1,755 rates)
[Famous Explorers in America] [Set of 4 portraits of early Explorers.] Christofel Colonus; Americus Vesputius; Ferdinand Magellanus; Francisco Pisarro. London: John Ogilby, 1671. Set of 4 plates, each c. 300 x 180mm.
Four portaits of early explorers of America: Amerigo Vespucci, Francisco Pizarro, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan from Ogilby's 'America', an English edition of Montanus' 'De Nieuwe En Onbekende Weereld', published the same year by Meurs.
($496 • €468 rates)
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