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Tipus Orbis Universalis
Vienna,: Johannes Camertius,, 1520. iuxta Ptolemei Cosmographi Traditionem et Americi Vespucii Aliorque Lustrationes a Petro Apiano Leysnico Elucbrat An. Do. MDXX. 1520. Woodcut map, margins ruled in red (some discreet marginal repairs). Petrus Apianus’s 1520 world map is one of the most important early maps of the world, and the earliest map available on the market to name America. The only printed map to use the name ‘America’ before Apianus’ work is Martin Waldseemüller’s 12-sheet map of the world, the sole surviving example of which was discovered in 1901 and purchased by the Library of Congress in 2001 for ten million dollars. Apianus drew heavily on Waldseemüller’s map to create this work, with “a close geographic correspondence, a similarity of woodcutting style, and the same truncated cordiform” (Shirley). He also possibly used the globes of Johannes Schöner. It is one of the earliest maps to show the Americas as separate from Asia. However, Apian made one significant addition of his own: a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the tip of South America, which is not present in Waldseemuller’s map. Ferdinand Magellan began his voyage to find such a passage in 1519, the year before Apianus’ map was published but the expedition would not return until September 1522. This map has been used in support of the theory that Magellan was aware of prior voyages that had reached the Pacific, of which we have no record. Martin Waldseemüller’s map was produced to accompany the ‘Cosmographia introductio’, published in collaboration wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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