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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio.  Antwerp, 1579/84.
ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio. Antwerp, 1579/84.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio. Antwerp, 1579/84.

Engraved map of the Americas, colored by a contemporary hand, image 358 x 495 mm (411 x 543 mm sheet). Elaborate baroque title cartouche, galleons and sea-monster, Latin text on verso. (Some minor chipping of pigment at lower margin of map, minor marginal darkening.)

Second issue with the large ship in the pacific sailing eastward, the 1584 Latin edition with 13th line from bottom beginning "mentaria rerum." Ortelius's America "was widely sold throughout Europe and had a great influence on the future cartography of the New World" (Burden). First published in the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum which was "the first atlas produced that uniformly covered the world with similarly sized and styled maps" (Burden). Burden 52; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p.69; Tooley America p.321.

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