1 April 2014
ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio. Antwerp, 1570/71.
Engraved map of the Americas, image 369 x 507 mm (390 x 527 mm sheet). Elaborate baroque title cartouche, galleons and sea-monster, Latin text on verso. (Tiny chip to blank upper margin repaired on verso.)
FIRST ISSUE with the large ship in the Pacific sailing westwards, second state with the Azores correctly labeled and the word "dinem" in the second line of text now flush with the margin. 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 39; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p.69; Tooley America p.321.
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