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Estotilandia et Laboratoris terra.
Selling price: $1050
It is centered on the Davis Strait and depicts much of Greenland, Labrador, Iceland as well as the mythical island of Frisland (complete with many cities and place names). Fine crisp impression.
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 116.
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