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Old antique map of America by André Thevet.

Item number:11183
Category:Antique maps > america > the americas
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***   Very rare third state of Thevet's America map ***

 

Le Nouvreau Monde Descouvert et illustre de Nostre Temps. - André Thevet, 1584.


Old map of America, by André Thevet.

Date of the first edition: 1575
Date of this map: 1584
Date on map: 1581 


Woodcut
Size (not including margins and title): 35 x 45cm (13.8 x 17.6 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Right margin trimmed to 1mm from neatline, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Burden, 46. State 3.

From: Les vrais Portraits et vies des hommes illustres Grecs, Latins, et Payens Receuillis de leur Tableaux, Livres, Medailles antiques, et Modernes Par Andre Thevet Angoumoisin, ... Paris, Par la vefue I. Kervert Et Guillaume Chaudiere, 1584.

This map relies largely on the Mercator model of 1569, most noticeably with the bulge to the north-west coast of North-America. The southern continent, Partie de la Terre Antartique Incongneve, is full of depictions of natives hunting, fishing and socialising.

According to Burden, this third state is very rare, he only located six examples. Compared with the first state, there are no changes to the cartography of the map, only the typography.

 

André Thevet was a Franciscan monk who travelled extensively in Europe and made a reputed short journey to South America. Upon his return he records that he sailed along the eastern coast of North America. The experiences he recals of the New World have attracted much criticism from both his contemporaries and recent historians for their inaccuracy. However, one person seemed impressed, the King of France, Henry III, who bestowed him the honour of Royal Cosmographer. (Burden)

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