Mercator, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio... Duisburg, 1595. 11¾ x 20½. Color. VG. An early edition with four columns of Latin text below the map. Karrow, Mapmakers of the 16th Century 56/17.10; Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici Me 12; Moreland & Bannister, p. 243; Shirley 157. $9,500.00
A double-hemisphere world map showing the Great Unknown Southern Continent and other misconceptions. Captions refer to explorations such as Columbus' discovery of the Americas for the Kingdom of Castile. Locates the home of pygmies on an island in the Arctic Circle, and the region of parrots south of the Cape of Good Hope.
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