An important early map devoted to the Northwest & NW Passage, from the first atlas devoted solely to America. Shows the Coast from Northern California to a mythical NW Passage in the Arctic Circle, based upon Mercator's large world map of 1569 and shows an area similar to De Jode's Quivirae Regnu of 1593. The nomenclature is from Plancius' World map of 1592. The retion above Cape Mendocino was purely conjecture, as no European would visit for another 180 years. A number of place names, rivers and and mountains embellish this largely mythical map. A cornerstone map in any Northwest map collection. Burden 107. A nice dark impression and attractive full color.
Cornelius de Wytfliet (ca.1550-ca. 1597) was a Flemish cartographer most famous for his Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum. The work was published in Louvain, Belgium, and had nineteen maps of the Americas.