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[The most famous map of the Americas, the cornerstone of any map collection]

image of America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio.


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ORTELIUS, Abraham.
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.
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