Americae Retectio / Christophorus Columbus / Americus Vespuccius
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A fine engraving set atop a page of text from the "Grands Voyages" showing a central sphere of the world with medallion portraits of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci either side of the title. A striking combination of these two iconic figures who played such a role in both history and geography. A globe is set against drapes supported by the figures of Flora and Janus, representing the explorers' home cities, Florence and Genoa, and whose coats of arms also appear. De Bry has copied a design by Joannes Stradanus for a picture atlas commemorating the voyages of the two explorers first published in 1592, however, the copyist has reversed the original image so that the coastline depicted below shows Genoa and Florence in obverse positions.
region: Portraits and the Map Trade
mapmakers: J. Stradanus T. De Bry
place and date of publication: Frankfurt c.1600
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncolouredref: 21750
size in mm: 140 by 195mm (5.5 by 7.75 inches).
literature: The Map Collector, vol.2, p.22-24.
Price: £ 460
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