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ARNOLDI, Arnoldo di
[Siena,: Matteo Florimi,, 1600. Il mondo nuovo su chiamato America da Amerigo Vespucci Fiorentino ilquale la scoprii circa 5 anni doppo Christoforro Colombo... c1600]. Double-page engraved map, minor expert repairs to verso. Only edition of this rare, separately-published map of North and South America.  Arnoldo di Arnoldi (d.1602) was a Flemish born cartographer who lived and worked for most of his life in Italy in the workshop of the famous geographer Giovanni Antonio Magini. Burden reports that in early 1600 he moved to Sienna, where he produced two world maps (a large-scale ten-sheet map and a smaller two-sheet map) as well as a set of the four continents, of which this is one. He died soon after. Arnoldi and his publisher, Matteo Florimi, are identified on his map of Europe, accompanied by a statement that his maps were taken from Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum’. This statement is, upon closer examination, at odds with the evidence. Instead, Arnoldi’s work has far more in common with Giovanni Battista Mazza’s c1589 map of America. New Guinea is shown here as an island rather than as an extension of Terra Australis, and the large island off the coast of Virginia is unique to Mazza, among other similarities. However, Arnoldi strays from Mazza in the northern regions of America where, as in his world maps, he used Petrus Plancius’ wall map of 1592 as his source. This is evident in the placement of rivers in the northwest, as well as his inclusion of the mythic lake and island city of “Conibaz” instead of Mazza’s equally imaginary “Mare Dulce”. California … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Daniel Crouch Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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