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1572 – A. Ortelius – Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio

Title:                      “Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio


This is one of the most famous maps of America and one that had enormous influence on the future cartography of the New World. Map comes from the uncommon first plate (second state), this plate had a relatively short life and was published only between 1570 and 1575. The most recognizable features of the map are the bulbous Chilean coastline and the exaggerated breadth of the North American continent. North and South America stretch across this single hemisphere map. The Straits of Magellan separate South America from a large southern continent that extends all the way to New Guinea. North America shows a lengthy St. Lawrence River reaching across the continent to nearly meet the fictitious, westward flowing Tiguas Rio. Latin text on verso.

Cartographer:             Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598)​
Sheet size:                  54,8 x 40,3 cm
Year:                           1572
Technique:                  copper engraving

Very good condition! Very strong print and paper. Attractive hand colouring. Paper with original watermark! Small repair lower part centerfold, hardly notable.

This is a genuine antique map published in 1572 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

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