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The Earliest Obtainable Waldseemuller Map of the World

Nice old color example of Martin Waldseemuller's modern map of the World, the earliest obtainable world map published by Waldseemuller.

This map is one of the earliest obtainable world maps to depict the discoveries of the earliest modern explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Vasco Da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci. It draws heavily from Portuguese sources in its expanded view of India, and presciently separates Asia from America, something that would not be clarified by mapmakers until the second half of the 16th Century.

Waldseemuller is best known for several world maps which he published between 1507 and 1513, one of which is the first to use the name America. Waldseemuller is generally credited with having named the continent of America, based upon the then current belief that Amerigo Vespucci had been the first modern explorer to reach the continent of America in 1497, during the first of four expeditions to America which were then credited to Vespucci between 1497 and 1504. The report which described the 1497 expedition is now generally believed to be a forgery. By the time the present map was published, the name America was no longer being used by Waldseemuller, who elected not to use a name for the continent on the present map.

The Strasbourg edition is widely considered the most important edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. This edition included two world maps, one modern map and this spectacular map of the world as known to Ptolemy, incorporating 8 windheads and other remarkable decorative embellishments. Depicted in the traditional modified conical projection, the map is the first attempt since the Ulm edition of 1482 and 1486 to provide such rich bold embellishments.

An essential map for early World Map Collectors.

Condition Description
Old color. Margins expertly extended on all sides. Lower margin trimmed just inside neatline, with neatline re-added in facsimile.