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One of the First Separate Maps of North America Maps
A Sterling, Wide-Margined Example

North America/ Florida. QUAD, M. [Cologne, 1600]
Novi Orbis pars Borealis, America Scilicet, complectens Floridam... 9 x 11 ½ inches.
Very fine example with a strong impression.


Scarce; a superb example of the earliest map to focus specifically on North America aside from the rare De Jode of 1593, the model for Quad's map, and the very rare Forlani/ Zaltieri of 1565. The Quad map reveals the early cartographer’s struggle to incorporate geographic knowledge gained from the first colonizing efforts in North America, sometimes with unusual results. The most extreme of these is the double-peninsular depiction of Florida, which is more exaggerated here than on the De Jode. This is perhaps the most graphic evidence found on an early map of the rapid deterioration of the mapping of Florida following Ortelius’s fine map of 1584. The place name “Virginia” appears on the map as well as several Indian tribal names.

Burden 133; Cumming 24.

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