A reduced version of the Waldseemüller map of 1513, and the second printed map to use the term "America". The atlas version of Waldseemuller's own world map of 1513, on which it was large based, did not include the place name, as the cartographer had retreated from his previous use of the term, now believing Columbus to be the true discoverer of the New World, and not Amerigo Vespucci.
"Fries' map is much sought after as it somehow reflects the ambiguities of his age. A framework of medieval thinking is having to be re-cast in order to accept the as yet unrealised extent of the newly conquered lands. For decorative value, if not for accuracy, the map has considerable attractions" (Shirley).
Unlike Fries' other world maps which were direct copies of Waldseemüller's 1513 map, this one is more original, although it does follow the earlier model. In the title, Fries identifies the map as his own work by including his initials.
The map is most notable for its distortions, in particular in the east, where India is a large double-peninsula. However, Greenland is correctly depicted as an island, and more of South Asia is included.
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