HERRERA, ANTONIO DE. Novus Orbis, sive Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis... Accesserunt & aliorum Indiae Occidentalis Descriptiones, & Navigationis nuperae Jacobi Le Maire Historia. Amsterdam: Michel Colijn 1622. Folio, 366 x 241 mm. (14 3/8 x 9½ in.), later marbled paper over flexible boards, endpapers renewed, backstrip faded; lacking part 3, letterpress title-leaf creased and repaired at gutter, short marginal tear to engraved title and to fol. R4, map 1 with small repair at lower gutter margin, maps 1-3 with very faint mostly marginal dampstain, repaired wormhole to foremargins of maps 1-9 (originally bound contiguously), New Guinea map misbound in part 1, light spotting to Tierra del Fuego map, small stain to fol. Q4 obscuring 5 letters. First Edition in Latin, translated by Caspar Barlaeus, 2 parts in one, without part 3, the "Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis" by Pedro Ordoñez de Cevallos (9 leaves) and the "Brevis ac Succincta America" by Petrus Bertius (11 leaves), additional engraved title within 4-part woodcut border, showing the Americas with California as an island, 17 engraved double-page maps, one folding, all but one relating to the Americas, 5 engraved text illustrations in part 2. Alden 622/70 (calling for 2 parts only); Borba de Moraes I:400-401; Burden 195-197; Palau 114294; Sabin 31540; Tooley, The Mapping of America, p. 110.
The 14 maps in part 1 are those of the first edition (the Descripción de las Indias Occidentales, Madrid 1601); part 2, new to this edition, contains the first published journal by Le Maire of his circumnavigation of the world in 1615, with a brief account of three other voyages and a 4-page vocabulary of the Solomon Islanders, and includes 3 maps taken from De Bry. Identical editions in Dutch and French were published by Colijn the same year; the text and and the 14 Herrera maps maps reappeared in part 12 of De Bry's Great Voyages in 1623. The engraved title shows THE EARLIEST REPRESENTATION OF CALIFORNIA AS AN ISLAND, although, as Tooley remarks, California is correctly depicted as a peninsula in the general map.