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The first map of America as a continent

MUNSTER, Sebastian.

Tabula novarum insularum, quas diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas vocant.
Basle, Henri Petri, 1550. Latin edition. Woodcut, image size 270 x 340mm.

Tiny paper repair on top margin, else excellent.

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 5th state of 13, despite being published only ten years after the first issue.

BURDEN: 12.
Stock ID : 18709

£4,650

£4,650

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Stock Id :18709

Download Image

The first map of America as a continent

MUNSTER, Sebastian.

Tabula novarum insularum, quas diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas vocant.
Basle, Henri Petri, 1550. Latin edition. Woodcut, image size 270 x 340mm.

Tiny paper repair on top margin, else excellent.

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 5th state of 13, despite being published only ten years after the first issue.

BURDEN: 12.
Stock ID : 18709

£4,650

£4,650