Occidentalis Americae partis, ve, earum Regionum quas Christophorus Columbus. T./ BENZONI DE BRY, H.

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A Masterwork of Engraving
[Frankfurt, 1594]

Occidentalis Americae partis, ve, earum Regionum quas Christophorus Columbus.

13 x 17 ¼ inches, Superb hand color with gold highlighting; side margins extended with areas of outer border skillfully reinstated, one letter reinstated on map, else very good.

Arguably the most beautifully engraved early map of the Caribbean, including Florida and the Southeast, here with color of uncommon beauty. The map includes representations of Columbus’ ships and various notes regarding his discoveries. It appeared in Book IV of De Bry’s Grands Voyages with text by Benzoni. De Bry’s work, more than any other illustrated text up to its time, shaped the way Europeans pictured the New World and its inhabitants during the Discovery Period. Florida is shown flattened in the south after LeMoyne.

* Burden 83.

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