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[The rare issue of Munster's America with longitude and latitude grids]

image of Novae Insula XXVI Nova Tabula. show larger image

image of Novae Insula XXVI Nova Tabula. show larger image


MUNSTER, Sebastian.
Novae Insula XXVI Nova Tabula. Basle: Henri Petri, 1552, Latin edition. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 385mm. Minor repairs at centre fold, otherwise an excellent example.
Munster's landmark map, the first to attempt to show America as a continent, yet demonstrating how little was known. On the map a narrow isthmus divides the Atlantic and Pacific in the region of the Carolinas, based on Verrazzano, and Yucatan is an island. The large island of Zipangri off the west coast is not California but Japan, based on the narrative of Marco Polo but a few years before any recorded visit to the islands by Europeans. The large vignette ship is the 'Victoria', the only survivor of Magellan's fleet of four. This is an example of the 6th state of 13, published in Munster's 'Geographia', the only printing with the longitude and latitude grid and the only dated edition (underneath Petri's colophon on the reverse), sixty years after Columbus's discovery of the New World. BURDEN: 12.
[Ref: 18761]    £7,000.00 ($9,093 • €7,931 rates)

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