Early and important antique map of Venezuela and the eastern part of the Caribbean by Cornelis van Wytfliet. First published in 1597 in Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum. Showing the north coast of South America, Venezuela with parts of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles to Trinidad and Tobago. Top right a title cartouche.
P. D. Burden about Wytfliet's America-Atlas :
In 1597 Cornelis van Wytfliet published his Augmentum to Ptolemy's Geography. This is true in as much as it covers all the Americas, a part of the world unknown to the latter; however, no other connection between them exists. Dedicated to Philip III of Spain it is a history of the New World to date, recording its discovery, natural history etc. For the book Wytfliet had engraved nineteen maps, by whom we do not know, one of the world and eighteen regional maps of the Americas. . . As such this book can be truly called the first atlas of America. It was an immediate success and ran to several editions.
|Title||Residuum Continentis Cum Adiacentibus Insulis.|
|Publisher, Year||Louvain, circa 1597|
|Plate Size||22.8 x 29.1 cm (9.0 x 11.5 inches)|
|Sheet Size||29.4 x 38.6 cm (11.6 x 15.2 inches)|
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