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Old, antique map of Asia and a small part of America, by Caius Julius Solinus.

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*** The earliest representation of the north-west coast of America on a printed map ***

[No title] - Caius Julius Solinus, 1538.


Old, antique map of Asia and a small part of America, by Caius Julius Solinus.

Cartographer: Probably Sebastian Münster.

Date of the first edition: 1538
Date of this map: 1538

Woodcut, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 24.5 x 33cm (9.6 x 12.9 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Light discoloration at centre fold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Karrow, 58/69; Burden, #11 1st edition; Wagner, p.9.

From: SOLINUS, Caius Julius. Polyhistor rerum toto orbe memorabilium thesaurus locupletissimus. Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1538.

The earliest representation of the north-west coast of America on a printed map, showing only a few trees, hills and a small bay. Its existence has caused much debate, not even the cartographer is known for sure, although it is most often thought to be the work of Sebastian Münster who compiled the text of the book. The text opposite the map, on page 150, refers to this coast, 'In our days it has been explored by men', however, no such voyage is known today. Wagner suggests that it might be a representation of Japan, if so then this would be five years before the earliest recorded visit by a European. It also shows one of the first delineations of a strait between Asia and America some 200 years before Vitus Bering's voyage to this area. Currently there was a period of debate about a possible land mass connection to the American continent.
There was a second edition of the Polyhistor in Basel, 1543. The second edition has not the signature t 4 in the lower right. (Burden)

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