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Description

The Rare Basle Edition of The Apianus-Gemma Frisius Cordiform World Map.

The present map is the rare Basle Edition of the Apianus-Gemma Frisius World map, which replaced another rare World map in Gregor Reisch's Margarita Philosophica.

The Gemma Frisius world map of 1540 was believed to have been dedicated to Emporer Charles V. One of the deities at the top of the map bears the Holy Roman Emporer's Double Eagle on it breast plate, as does this map.

Peter Apian first incorporated a world map into his Cosmographia, based upon Gemma Frisius' larger world map of 1540, of which no known copy exists. The continents are largely based upon Mercator's 1541 Globe Gores, although North America has shrunk to a narrow strip and has named it Baccalearium (good Cod Fishing nearby). The northwest passage is clearly identified. South America is designated "America", likely in deference to Waldseemuller's world map of 1513. The Straits of Magellan are shown.

This Basle edition is quite rare on the market, this being only the second example we have handled in more than 20 years.

Reference
Shirley 82.