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Old antique map of the Straits of Magellan and the South Pole, by Cornelis van Wytfliet.

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Chica sive Patagonica et Australis Terra. - Cornelis van Wytfliet, 1597.


Old, antique map of the Straits of Magellan and the South Pole, by Cornelis van Wytfliet.

Date of the first edition: 1597
Date of this map: 1597

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 23 x 29cm (9 x 11.3 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 3, 9950:371.1; Clancy, p.123 Map 8.2.

From: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum Louvain, J. Bogard, 1597. (Van der Krogt 3, 371:01)

Map in two sections: the upper section shows the Straits of Magellan, the lower section the unknown part of the Terra Australis.

"In 1597 Cornelis van Wytfliet published his Augmentum to Ptolemy's Geography. This is true in as much as it covers all the Americas, a part of the world unknown to the latter; however, no other connection between them exists. Dedicated to Philip III of Spain it is a history of the New World to date, recording its discovery, natural history etc. For the book Wytfliet had engraved nineteen maps, by whom we do not know, one of the world and eighteen regional maps of the Americas. Of these the following eight maps all relate to the north of the continent. As such this book can be truly called the first atlas of America. It was an immediate success and ran to several editions." (Burden)

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