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Maris Pacifici, (Quod Vulgo Mar del Zur)
Antwerp:. 1589.. The first printed map specifically devoted to the Pacific Ocean. Ortelius's atlas, "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" was "the first true atlas in the modern sense of the term, being a set of uniformly produced and methodically organized maps of all parts of the world based strictly on current knowledge...first published in 1570, it was commercially successful and continued to be updated and enlarged through its final editions of 1612... Most of the atlas' significant maps were not present in its original form, however, but were added during the course of its forty-two year evolution, demonstrating that Ortelius also possessed the courage and initiative to use fresh data to chart regions which were still poorly understood. A prime example of this is his map of the Pacific, which was engraved in 1589 and first included in the atlas in 1590. This is the first printed map specifically devoted to the Pacific Ocean." Suarez, "Shedding the Veil", p. 110-111. & & Ortelius radically revised the northwest coast of America, the California peninsula and the contour of the west coast of South America. He differentiates between "North" and "South" America. The name "Califormia" (sic) appears, though designating only the peninsular region. New Guinea is now boldly depicted as an island, and the large islands off its' coast are the Solomons. The Antarctic land mass has not yet been discovered, but is theorized. The map shows a large land mass rising from the bottom edge, entitled "Terra Australis, Sive Magellanica, Non-dum Detecta." At the extreme right corner, opposite the tip of S. America is "Tierra del Fuego", listing the names of C. di S. Thomas, C. de Camaron, C. del bon defseo, C. Defseado on its coast. Copper plate engraving with early hand color, 34.5 x 49.5 cms. Beautifully restored. Overall a very nice copy of a highly important of the first chart of the Pacific Ocean. Burden, The Mapping of North America, 74.
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