Abraham Ortelius, 1575. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 14 3/8" x 20" very good.
Outstanding early map of the Western Hemisphere dotted with ships and sea monsters. This was the first map of the Americas to appear in a modern atlas. At the time it was issued, the coastal areas of the New World had been fairly well explored, and Europeans were just beginning settlement and colonization. It is notable for depicting Spanish and Portuguese colonies in high detail, for these powers were notoriously protective of their geographical surveys. This is the third state of the first plate engraved for Ortelius's landmark map of the New World. It is distinguished from the second plate by the unusual bulge in the western coast of South America. This map is on the cover of Philip D. Burden's thorough reference book, "The Mapping of North America", see map number 39. Latin text on verso. Repairs to several tears lower left, abrasions, repaired hole 45 degrees S in the Atlantic Ocean, early repairs to upper left margin, but an overall pleasing copy of a famous map.