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VAN SCHOEL, Henricus
America
[Rome,: Henricus van Schoel,, 1609. Il mondo nuovo su chiamato America da Amerigo Vespucci Fiorentino il quale la scopri circa 5 annj doppo Christoforro Colombo... 1609]. Double page engraved map, minor expert paper repairs to margins and central fold. A separately-published Lafreri school map of the Americas, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, extending to Asia in the west, and Europe in the east with a large land mass labelled ‘Terra Australis Incognita’ in the south. It is decorated with sea-monsters, a large galleon, and a fine mannerist strapwork cartouche.  The map is derivative of Arnoldo di Arnoldi’s c1600 map of the same title. Van Schoel’s map is detailed and mostly accurate. For example, California is correctly shown as a peninsula, and New Guinea as a separate island; however, Terra Australis, the great unknown south land, awaits discovery. To cover up his lack of knowledge of southern geography, Terra Australis is partially and cleverly covered by the title cartouche.  Burden notes that there are a few minor differences between this map and Arnoldi’s. For example, in van Schoel’s cartouche the letters ‘M’ and ‘E’ are not ligatured and the coat of arms is left blank. Additionally, the place name ‘S. Augusti’ in the east of North America has been omitted, and the Pacific Islands labelled ‘Baxos de S. Bartolomeo’ are named but inexplicably left out.   Copies of this map are very rare. In fact, it was unrecorded until Philip Burden acquired a copy in a composite atlas in 1992. Burden was then able to determine the map’s author and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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