HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. Novus orbis, sive descriptio Indiae occidentalis. Translated from Spanish into Latin by Gaspar Barlaeus. Amsterdam: Michael Colinus, 1622.
4 parts in one volume, 2° (360 x 240mm.) Engraved additional title, 17 engraved folding maps, 5 engraved illustrations. (Without the final blank, browned, dampstain in the bottom margin, some spotting, letterpress title with some small losses in the corners.) 19th-century red roan-backed marbled paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gilt (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Henry N. Stephens (inscription on endpaper dated 21 August 1884, recording the price £1.10) -- A.H. Bright (bookplate).
THE FIRST COMPLETE ACCOUNT OF THE LE MAIRE-SCHOUTEN EXPEDITION AROUND THE WORLD, THE FIRST TO SUCCESSFULLY ROUND CAPE HORN. First edition in Latin, expanding significantly the Madrid edition of 1601. The first two parts of the book concentrate on the New World and include fine maps of Central and South America, with those on the Pacific coast adding a great deal of new geographical knowledge. Of primary importance, however, is the second part containing the description of the great Dutch navigator Jacob Le Maire's 1615-1617 voyage in search of Terra Australis. Le Maire's rounding of Patagonia via Cape Horn impacted navigation in many ways, but principally by dispelling the idea of an imaginary Southland. Michel Colin issued simultaneous Latin, French and Dutch editions of this work, adding three maps not in the 1601 Spanish edition. Copies are known with a portrait of Le Maire, but this is not called for in the list of plates. Alden & Landis 622/70; Borba de Moraes I, 400; Burden 195-198, 201-206; JCB (3) II, 165; Sabin 31540; Wagner Spanish Southwest 12c.