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Orbis typus universalis iuxta hydrographorum traditionem..
Selling price: $6100
Sold in 2011
Shirley describes its retrogressive faults, e.g., the previously well-defined Indian subcontinent has become a confusing double peninsula. Europe is very crudely drawn with England and Scotland reverting to separate islands. South America is shown in part, with the shape of its western coastline inserted more by intuition than by factual report.
Magellan had indeed reached the Pacific via Tierra del Fuego in 1519, but his surviving ship did not reach the ports of Europe until September 1522, several months after the publication of Fries' work. Despite these imperfections Fries' map is much sought after as it somehow reflects the ambiguities of his age.
Reference: Shirley, World 48.
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