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METELLUS,J./ ACOSTA,J.DE - Nova Francia et Canada.

METELLUS,J./ ACOSTA,J.DE - Nova Francia et Canada.
Nova Francia et Canada. - METELLUS,J./ ACOSTA,J.DE
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Title : Nova Francia et Canada..
Date : Cologne 1598.
Size : 7.4 x 9.3 inches. / 18.7 x 23.5 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Very rare sixteenth century map: the second printed map to use CANADA in its title, and the second to concentrate on the river and Gulf of St.Lawrence. It summarises sixteenth-century knowledge of the area just prior to the expansion of France here, and the voyages of Samuel Champlain.
Two separate regions are named: CANADA is north of the St.Lauwence River and east of the Saguenai River, and Nova Scotia is centred on the town and river of Hochelaga, now Montreal.
Published in the German edition of Josť 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!
Condition : With wide margins. Paper very slightly age-toned. Very good condition. German text on verso.

ID: 21091

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