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Old, antique map of America by A. Ortelius

Item number:05158
Category:Antique maps > america > the americas
Price: 4900 Euro ($5684 / £4263)
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Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio. - Ortelius A., 1612.


Old map of America by A. Ortelius

Date of the first edition: 1587
Date of this map: 1612

Copper engraving
Size: 35.5 x 48.5cm (13.7 x 18.9 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Contemporary old coloured, mint.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 3, 9000:31c; Van den Broecke, 11; Burden 64, state 1; Wagner, 80; Clancy, p.55 Map 4.1.

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Abrahami Ortelii Antverp. Antwerpen, Plantin Press (J. & B. Moretus), 1612. (Van der Krogt 3, 1:055)

"One of the most famous and easily recognised maps of America, and one that is both functional as well as decorative." (Burden)

This is the third of three copperplates that Ortelius used to depict the American continent. The first, of 1570, had by now developed a number of cracks. It is almost identical to the earlier plate with the exception of the following:

1570 plate: The largest ship in the Pacific is sailing westwards, and the Equator is shown with no graduations between the longitudinal marks.
1579 plate: The largest ship in the Pacific is shown sailing eastwards, and there now appear graduations along the equatorial line.
1587 plate: The bulge to the south-western coast of South America is removed.

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