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Publisher: MYRITIUS, J.
Title: Universalis Orbis Descriptio.
Published in: Ingolstadt, 1590
Size: 11.0 x 15.4 inches.
28.0 x 39.0 cm.

In vivid colours.
Condition: A woodcut map on thick, hand made paper with chain marks. Very good condition. Minor strengthening to centerfold on verso. Some small marginal tears in lower margin.
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Very scarce woodcut map of the world on an oval projection, published in Opusculum Geographicum Rarum. Myritius reverts to a style of map more reminiscent of the 1550s and 1560s, adorning the map with 16 windheads.
Myritius has been described as perhaps the last of the geographers to accept without question the connection of North America with Asia. The connection of Asia and America is most prevalent on earlier Italian Gastaldi-type world maps (#376), and R.W. Shirley notes that the choice of place names on the Myritius also points to reliance on an Italian rather than a Dutch source.

Also of significance, in the extreme south on the map, we now see something new -- an imaginary continent stretching across the pole. Mercator believed a continent would be found there and his theory was blindingly accepted and duplicated on maps for over 100 years.

The engraving style is bold and clean, rendering an image of strength and classical beauty.
Myritius was Maltese Hospitaller residing at Regensburg.
Reference: Shirley, R.W., The Mapping of The World, #175, plate 142. Portraits of The World, #7, pp. 10-11.

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