Pomponius Mela wrote his cosmographical treatise in c. 43AD, which was first printed in 1471 without illustrations. The map included in this edition is the first printed map to include new information about the Portuguese voyages into the Gulf of Guinea and to accurately suggest a means around the Cape of Good Hope.
“No earlier printed map recognized this important step towards the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope in 1488, and no map in the incunable editions of Ptolemy reflected this knowledge” (Campbell).
a cornerstone text of the Discovery Period, and a work listed as the first item in two of the most important and historic collections of Americana, Church and Streeter
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