The first map to show the New World as an entity.
Earliest appearance of Japan on a map, predating European contact.
First appearance of Mare Pacificum on a map.
Early state of Sebastian Münster's woodcut map of the New World. This map of America is one of the most important maps in American cartography.
P. Burden notes about this map:
The map's inclusion in Münster's Cosmography, first published in 1544, sealed the fate of 'America' as the name for the New World...
The Portuguese flag is shown flying over the South Atlantic and the Spanish one over her possessions in the Caribbean. The Strait of Magellan are named again, and Mare pacificum appears for the first time on a printed map. Magellan's ship Victoria, the only survivor of five vessels, appears in the middle of this ocean. Marco Polo's influence can be seen with Zipangri (Japan) appearing three years before the earliest known contact with Europeans, and also his Archipelagus 7448 insularu. The Yucatan is still shown as an island and the lake at Temistitan is depicted emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
The title on verso is surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. The woodblock of this map was first used in Seb. Münster's Geographia Universalis in 1540. Münster was one of the first to create space in the woodblocks for the insertion of place-names in metal type. In the follow the text was changed frequently and the identification of the different states of the map is possible. This example comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1550 by Heinrich Petri in Basel. This is the 5th state of total 13 states.
|Title||Die neuwen Inseln, so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem Land India ligen|
|Publisher, Year||Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1540 (1550)|
|Plate Size||26.8 x 33.8 cm (10.6 x 13.3 inches)|
|Sheet Size||31.7 x 40.0 cm (12.5 x 15.7 inches)|
|Reference||Burden, P.D.: The Mapping of North America No. 12.|
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