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METELLUS,J./ ACOSTA,J.DE - Limes occidentis et quiuira Anian.

METELLUS,J./ ACOSTA,J.DE - Limes occidentis et quiuira Anian.
Limes occidentis et quiuira Anian. - METELLUS,J./ ACOSTA,J.DE
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Title : Limes occidentis et quiuira Anian..
Date : Cologne 1598.
Size : 6.9 x 8.7 inches. / 17.5 x 22.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Very rare sixteenth century map: One of the first printed map to focus on present day Alaska, here labeled "Anian Regnum." It encompasses most of the western coastal portions of present day United States and Canada.
Published in the German edition of José de Acosta's De Natura Nova Orbis, first published in Salamanca, 1588. Acosta was a Spanish Jesuit missionary, historian and cosmographer. The included maps, however, are attributed to Metellus. In the America sive Novis Orbis of 1600, he is named as the cartographer of the maps but, most probably, did not see their completation as he died in 1597.
The work was finished by Matthias Quad.
It has been suggested that the Metellus maps in fact precede the Wytfliet. This extremely rare map is of great interest for the serious collector!
Burden, North America 121.
Condition : With wide margins. Paper very slightly age-toned. Very good condition. German text on verso.

ID: 21094

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