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Descriptionis Ptolemaicae augmentum, sive Occidentis notitia commentario illustrata.
Louvain: Gerard Rivius, 1598. Folio (11 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches). Roman and italic types, engraved title-page within fine historiated architectectural border, 19 double-page engraved maps (including a world map and 18 regional maps of the Americas), woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces (one insignificant marginal repair, occasional faint dampstains at lower margins). Contemporary pigskin over paste-board, covers elaborately decorated with a broad border of blind architectural roll-tools, surrounding small putti and floral tools and a central arabesque medallion on the front cover, and the ecclesiastical arms of a Bishop on the back cover, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands, with the title in manuscript in one (small early repair at the head of the spine, traces of two pairs of ties, lightly soiled, extremities a bit scuffed). Provenance: 18th-century inscription "Geogr[aphy] III" on front paste-down; David Parsons (Collection of Voyages and Travels). ".as important in the history of the earliest cartography of the new world, as Ptolemy's maps are in the study of the old" (Phillips). An exceptional copy in a fine contemporary binding of "the earliest distinctively American atlas. It is as important in the history of the earliest cartography of the new world, as Ptolemy's maps are in the study of the old" (Phillips). Second edition, Rivius issue (edition shared with Johann Bogard). The maps are fine, early impressions: "Nova Francia et Canada," "Norumbega et Virginia," "Limes Occidentis," "Peruani regni descriptio," and "Chica sive Patagonica" all carry the date of 1597. First published by Johann Bogard in 1597. Cornelis van Wytfliet, secretary to the Council of Brabant, called his atlas of the New World a supplement to Ptolemy's "Geography", although the two works are actually quite separate. Dedicated to King Philip III of Spain, and covering the history of the first European encounters with the New World, its geography, and natural history, Wyfliet used as his source the works of Acosta, Hakluyt, de Bry and Ramusio. The fine maps, by an unknown engraver, include a double-hemispherical world map (Shirley 207) based on Rumold Mercator's influential 1587 map, eight maps of North America (Burden 100-107), ten maps of South America (Chile, Peru, two maps of Brazil, present-day Colombia and Venezuala, the northernmost coast of South America with the neighbouring Caribbean islands, Hispaniola, Cuba and Jamaica, and two maps of Central America), and one of Antarctica and are for many of the regions the earliest separate printed maps. Among the North American maps are the first map to use "Canada" in its title, the first printed map of central Canada, the first printed map devoted to California and the present-day Southwest of the US (embellished with a number of fanciful place names, based on Spanish sources); one of only three 16th-century printed maps of Florida, which includes surrounding regions such as Cuba and the coast north to the Outer Banks, and which is one of the few 16th-century maps of America to record any geographical information on inland areas; and the map "Norumbega et Virginia," only the second printed map to use the name Virginia, and which remained the most accurate map of the East Coast from the Carolinas to Canada until the publication of de Laet's map of the same area in 1630. Wytfliet's atlas was an immediate success, and six further editions, including three with French text, were published within the next two decades. Bogard issued two editions in 1597, the second correcting errors of pagination and with the maps bound in with the related sections of text. Borba de Moraes 2:381; European Americana 598/122; Donald C. Gallup, "Wytfliet's Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum" in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 76.1 (1982): 66-7; Koeman (Wyt) 2; Phillips, "Atlases" 3645; Sabin 105697; cf. Burden, "North America" 100-107, Shirley, "World" 207. .
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