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Conibas regio cum vicinis gentibus.
Selling price: $1250
At the top of the map we find the North West passage. On a number of maps at this time various rivers are shown flowing north into these waters. No possible explanation can be given for these other than the assumption that in such a vast expanse of land there would be some. Some extent of the extent of the map can be seen by the incorporation of the 'Septem civitates' [7 cities of gold] of the south-west, and 'Hochelaga', or Montreal, in the east."
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!
Reference: Burden, North America 115.
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