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Universalis Cosmographia

Universalis Cosmographia : J. Honter

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A miniature and scarce cordiform world map set in a page of German text. Honter's map is based on his own earlier works but also Waldseemuller's map of 1507 (now in the Library of Congress), the first to name America. This map includes similar nomenclature with "America" shown in present-day South America. Continents and some regions and oceans are named, and there is also some indication given of physical features such as mountains and rivers, despite the map's small size. The map was first published in a 1546 edition of "Rudimenta Cosmographica ..." but was also included in other works. This example lacks the monogram "HVE" at lower left of the woodcutter Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder, commissioned by the printer Froschauer. Also omitted is the location and date insert at lower left known in some examples. An early map on an interesting projection and naming America.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: J. Honter
place and date of publication: Zurich? c.1546
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 120 by 0mm (4¾ by 0 inches).
ref: 36710
literature: Shirley, The Mapping Of The World, 86.

Price: £ 1500

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