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Matthias Quad:  Novi Orbis Pars Borealis, America Scilicet, Complectens Floridam, Baccalaon, Canadam, Terram Corte . . . 1585

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Title: Novi Orbis Pars Borealis, America Scilicet, Complectens Floridam, Baccalaon, Canadam, Terram Corte . . . 1585

Map Maker: Matthias Quad

Place / Date: Cologne / 1600

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 12 x 9 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $2,800.00

Inventory ID: 42055


Description:

Striking example of Quad's map of North America, based upon De Jode's landmark map of 1593.

Jode's map  is one of the earliest maps to concentrate on North America alone.  For his map, De Jode condensed information for the map from Dutch wall maps of the late 16th Century. De Jode was the first to make use of both John White and Jacques le Moyne’s east coast cartography, although he inaccurately placed it. Quad here continues the mistake of placing the nomenclature of Virginia too far north. A long narrow waterway to the north represents the North West Passage; Lago de Conibas is also indicated. Some names have been surprisingly left out, notably Bermuda, St. Augustine, Roanoke and Chesapeake. A curious ‘second’ peninsula is shown to the west of Florida which could be an early depiction of the Mississippi delta.

The descriptive text below provides a brief overview of the history of North America to date. The projection of California and the West is packed full of annotations and place names. The headwaters of the St. Lawrence extend to Cibola in the mythical Southwest.

A cornerstone collector's map of North America.


Condition Description: Minor soiling at top left and right corners


References: Burden 133; Cumming 24.


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