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Map or Atlas

Orbis Typus Universalis World Map

Orbis Typus Universalis World Map | Map or Atlas | Wisconsin Historical Society
This exquisite woodcut map is one of the first to show any part of North America. It originally appeared in the 1513 Strasbourg edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. The mapmaker, Martin Waldseemuller, made a trial version of this map in 1507 which contains the name “America” printed over Brazil; the only known copy is at Brown University. In the same year he printed a large wall map showing both North and South America; the only known copy is at the Library of Congress. After six years of further work, Waldseemuller finished his edition of Ptolemy in 1513. He supplemented its 27 ancient maps with 20 “modern” ones, including two showing discoveries by Columbus and Vespucci. This is the first of those, called “Hydrographia sive Charta marina” in the table of contents. The map that followed it in the volume, “Tabula Terre Nove,” shows South America and the Caribbean in greater detail. The Wisconsin Historical Society ownership stamp was applied in 1896, but no other provenance data appears to survive. A clipped catalog description pasted in the right margin (listing its price at 30 francs) suggests that it had passed through the hands of a French dealer.
DESCRIPTION
This exquisite woodcut map is one of the first to show any part of North America. It originally appeared in the 1513 Strasbourg edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. The mapmaker, Martin Waldseemuller, made a trial version of this map in 1507 which contains the name “America” printed over Brazil; the only known copy is at Brown University. In the same year he printed a large wall map showing both North and South America; the only known copy is at the Library of Congress. After six years of further work, Waldseemuller finished his edition of Ptolemy in 1513. He supplemented its 27 ancient maps with 20 “modern” ones, including two showing discoveries by Columbus and Vespucci. This is the first of those, called “Hydrographia sive Charta marina” in the table of contents. The map that followed it in the volume, “Tabula Terre Nove,” shows South America and the Caribbean in greater detail. The Wisconsin Historical Society ownership stamp was applied in 1896, but no other provenance data appears to survive. A clipped catalog description pasted in the right margin (listing its price at 30 francs) suggests that it had passed through the hands of a French dealer.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:56247
Creation Date: 1513
Creator Name:Waldseemüller, Martin
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Genre:Map or Atlas
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:GX11 1513 W
Original Dimensions:30 x 24 inches
SUBJECTS
Drawing
Prints
Maps

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