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Europe, by A. Thevet. 1581

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 recalls 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.


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Europe - [Letterpress title above the map:] L'Europe, et selon qu'elle est de present divisee.

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Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Europe Continent

Old antique map of Europe by A. Thevet.

Title: Europe - [Letterpress title above the map:] L'Europe, et selon qu'elle est de present divisee.

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

Woodcut, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 350 x 450mm (13.78 x 17.72 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

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.

According to Burden, this edition is very rare; he only located six examples. Compared with the 1575 edition, 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 recalls 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.


References: Karrow - 77/24; Van der Heijden (Europe) - 32

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