Sale 21BP03 | Lot 89

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio.

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Lot 89
ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio.
[Antwerp: circa1575]. Shirley's first plate with the strapwork border 7 mm thick and the largest ship with sails facing viewer, state 3 with the Azores correctly identified at far right and the longitude number 230 erased when repairing the cracked plate. Latin text on verso with the second line beginning "Nouus Orbis." Engraved map with hand-coloring. Neatlines 14 1/2 x 20 inches (36.5 x 50.5 cm) with wider margins; matted and framed. Strengthening to the central fold on verso, repair to a crease at the lower right corner just crossing corner of image.

A fine example of Ortelius' important map of the Americas from an early Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The map draws heavily on information provided by Mercator. The present map is from the first plate of three and is identified by the direction of the ship in the Pacific Ocean and the identification of the Azores. The final plate would correct the bulge to the Chilean coastline, still present here. North America is presented as much too wide and with the St. Lawrence River extending as far as the fictitious Tiguas Rio. The large cartouche covers the unknown southern continent which is shown attached to both New Guinea and Tierra del Fuego. Engraved by Frans Hogenberg, the map is "one of the most famous and easily recognized maps of America." Burden, The Mapping of America, 39.


Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

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