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Matthias Quad / Johann Bussemachaer:  Chica sive Patagonica et Australis Terra. MDC

Maps of the Southern Hemisphere


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Title: Chica sive Patagonica et Australis Terra. MDC

Map Maker: Matthias Quad /  Johann Bussemachaer

Place / Date: Cologne / 1600

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 11.5 x 9 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $2,200.00

Inventory ID: 54019


Description:

One of the Earliest  Maps to Focus on the Straits of Magellan and the South Polar Regions

Fine early set of maps illustrating the Straits of Magellan and the South Polar regions at the end of the 16th century.

The upper half illustrates the Straits of Magellan prior to the voyage of Le Maire and Schouten.  Patagonia is separated by a strait from a large Southland (Australis Terre Pars).

The naming of C. Della Victoria (named for Magellan's ship) and the illustration of Magellan's ship the Victoria, pays tribute to Magellan's discovery of the strait that now bears his name. 

The lower half is drawn on polar projection and shows a large Terra Australis reaching up in four peninsulas towards New Guinea (here shown as an island), 'Java Maior', Africa and towards South America. On the Southland just below 'Java Maior' are three place names - Maletur Regnum, Beach (based upon Marco Polo's Account) and Lucach Regnum.

One of the best early 16th century maps to illustrate this area.


References: Tooley, R.V. (Australia) #1430; Nordenskiƶld, A.E. (Facsimile) p.134; Meurer, P.H. (Cologne) Qua 83, fig.170; Clancy, R. 7.2.


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Maps of South America
Polar Maps
Maps of the Southern Hemisphere