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[Spain's New World empire] Ortelius, Peruviae...La Florida...Guastecan... Antwerp, 1584 (1592). 13 x 18. Old tear repair in lower margin outside map, else VG. Attractive hand color. Three maps on one sheet showing the extent of Spain's New World empire. One of the few 16th century printed maps based on Spanish sources; Ortelius attributes La Florida to Geronimo Chaves, Spain's Cosmographer Royal. Mountain ranges in the North American interior are presumed sources for the many rivers emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Burden #57; Cumming #5; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, 73; Van den Broecke #15. $1,800.00

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