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APIANUS, TIPUS ORBIS UNIVERSALIS, 1520, WORLD MAP

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Description

  • Tipus Orbis Universalis iuxta Ptolemei Cosmographi Traditionem et Americi Vespucii Aliorque Lustrationes a Petro Apiano Leysnico Elucbrat An. Do. MDXX. [Vienna, 1520]
Full-sheet woodcut map of the world (318 x 420mm), with the watermark of a hat [similar to Briquet 3401], old folds, ink marks mostly to lower and right margins, slight wear to edges and folds, cropped at sides with some loss to the word "Occidens", repairs to verso and lower margin, minor staining

Literature

Shirley 45; McGuirk Jr., Donald L. The Forgotten "First Map with the Name of America" (the 1520 Apianus World Map); History Census and Comparison with the Waldseemüller 1507 World Map), (The Portolan, Spring 2010: 26-36)

Catalogue Note

THE EARLIEST OBTAINABLE AUTHENTIC MAP WITH THE PLACE NAME AMERICA. Apianus's striking truncated cordiform projection of the world is derived from Waldseemüller's monumental 1507 wall map and first appeared in the 1520 Viennese edition of Solinus's Polyhistor. The lengthy title acknowledges the discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci, and two wreaths set in the lower corners recognize with monograms Apianus's collaborators: "L.F." for Laurent Fries, a draughtsman, woodcutter, and significant mapmaker in his own right; "J.K." for Johann Kamers (Johannes Camertius), the publisher; and "L.A." for Luca Alantses, who paid for the production of the map. 

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