WYTFLIET, CORNELIS VAN and GIOVANNI ANTONIO MAGINI. Histoire Universelle des Indes Occidentales et Orientales, et de la Conversion des Indiens. Douai: chez François Fabri, 1611. Folio, 296 x 190 mm. (11 5/8 x 7½ in.), seventeenth-century speckled calf, covers panelled in blind, rebacked, original gold-tooled and lettered backstrip preserved, mottled edges, corners rubbed; Table to part 1 and verse dedication to the reader (quire 1A1-4) misbound at end of Part 1, quires B and C in part 3 reversed in binding, lower edge of title slightly frayed, neatly repaired 3-inch tear to upper border of world map affecting caption, uniform discoloration, a few leaves more severely browned, purple library ink stamp on verso of title-leaf,a few marginal pencil markings. Third and most complete edition, 3 parts in one, repeated engraved title with letterpress cartouches, text within rule borders, typographic head-piece ornaments, woodcut initials and tailpieces, large woodcut printer's device at end of parts 1 and 3, 23 engraved maps, consisting of 19 double-page maps including a double-hemisphere world map (Shirley 207) after Rumold Mercator and 18 maps of the Americas, and 4 half-page maps of Japan, India, China and the Philippines. Alden & Landis 611/117; Borba de Moraes, p. 946 (1605 and 1607 editions); Burden 100-107; Hill 331 (1605 edition); JCB (3) II:80; Phillips 4459; Sabin 105701.
Part 1 is a translation of Wytfliet's Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum, first published at Louvain in 1597, the first atlas devoted entirely to the Americas; parts 2 and and 3 contain accounts of the East Indies by Magini and others. Previous editions of this translation were published by the same Douai printer in 1605 and 1607, each edition incorporating new material. Although several of the handsome American maps derive from Petrus Plancius's world map of 1592, they abound in cartographic innovations. They include, for example, the first printed map of California and the southwest (Burden 106), the most accurate map of the east coast to appear until the publication of Johannes de Laet's Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien in 1630 (Burden 103), and the first map to use "Canada" in its title (Burden 102). The four small maps, which first appeared in the 1605 edition, include the second known printed map of the Philippine Islands.
Provenance: Byron Andrews -- Hobart College Library (bookplates removed) -- Howard E. Welsh (sale, Sotheby's New York, 13 June 1991, lot 351).