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Stock# 61764
Description

Rare Italian map of the World, based on Ortelius' first world map.

The strapwork title cartouche obscures the northern regions, hiding would appears to be a Northwest Passage.

Several place names are identified in the southern continent, including Terra del Fuego, Psitacorum Regio, Maletur, Lucach and Beach, the latter coming from Marco Polo, whose name appears below Maletur, in the general vicinity of modern day Australia.

Ortelius's bulge in the western coast of South America is retained. North America is filled with spurious rivers and mountain ranges. Quivira appears, as does Cevola, the legendary city of the Southwest.

The map is embellished with strapwork designs in the corners, with a ship and sea monsters in the oceans.

Maffei's account of the Portuguese accomplishments throughout India and the Far East was first published in 1588. There were several later editions, but only those published in Cologne in 1589 and 1593 contain this world map.

Reference
Shirley (World), 166