Maris Pacifici, (Quod Vulgo Mar Del Zur), ...
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One of the most famous atlas maps ever produced, the first to focus on the Pacific Ocean, and important for its inclusion of the Americas, Japan, South East Asia and Antarctica. Magellan's ship, the Victoria, is shown in the Pacific as it circumnavigates the globe. Unusually for Ortelius, no source for this famous map is cited on the map itself, although the cartographic source is chiefly Mercator's world map of 1569. The delineation of the Pacific is dominated by the large island of New Guinea, the great southern Continent and the depiction of Magellan's flagship the "Victoria", with the quatrain "It was I who first circled the world, my sails flying. You, Magellan, I led to your new found strait; by right am I called Victoria; mine are the sails and the wings, the prize and the glory, the struggle and the sea". An attractive example with small areas of paper reinforcement and slight age toning, nevertheless a very acceptable copy of a great map. Latin text on the reverse. Ref: Burden, The Mapping Of North America, 74.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1590-1595
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncolouredref: 38615
size in mm: 340 by 490mm (13.5 by 19.25 inches).
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 12.
Price: £ 6500
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