Scarce world map by Francois De Belleforest, which appeared in the 1575 edition of Munster's Cosmographia. The map is copied from the first edition of Ortelius' map of the World, with a change to the lower title and text in the upper left corner, outside the neat line. Includes a NW Passage and NE Passage, massive Southern Continent which is attached to New Guinea and includes the place names reported by Marco Polo. Curious projection of Japan and SE Asia. South America retains its curious bulge. The projection of America is based upon Mercator's Wall map of 1569, as is most of the other cartographic detail. Several sea monsters and a sailing ship appear in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. A nice dark impression of the first state of the map, which was re-issued by Chesnau also in 1575, but never thereafter. A nice example in full color. Margins extended on three sides for framing. Shirley 135. Very scarce.
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1575 Francois De Belleforest