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Place of creation
Scope and content
The map stretches from Greenland down the coast of Canada and the Atlantic Seaboard to the West Indies, including a corner of South America, and from the coast of China in the west to the Azores and Cape Verde in the east.
Conditions of access
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
149 Item no. assigned by LAC 149
Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Creator / Provenance
Paolo Forlani's rare and finely engraved map of North America which is the earliest printed map devoted solely to North America, the first to portray that landmass as a separate continent and the first to show the so-called Strait of Anian separating America from Asia at the approximate location of the Bering Strait. Forlani based his rendering largely on the western part of a world map published by his colleague, the great Venetian cartographer Giacomo Gastaldi, several years before. Gastaldi had been the first to formulate the concept of the Strait of Anian, a name that probably originated with Ania, a Chinese province mentioned in a 1559 edition of Marco Polo's travels. Forlani's early graphic depiction of Gastaldi's mistaken theory, which persisted well into the eighteenth century, makes this map a cornerstone work in the mapping of America. In the early 1560s, Forlani also published a map of South America and the West Indies, La descrittione de tutto il Peru
This copy appears to be state 1 as described in Burden and based on the fact that the map does not contain a publishers imprint.
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Citation / reference note
Woodward, David. The maps and prints of Paolo Forlani : a descriptive bibliography, 1990.
Shirley, Rodney W. The mapping of the world. London : Holland Press, 1983, 106
Goss, John " The Mappong of North America: Three centuries of map-making 1500-1860", Entry 10
Availability of other formats note
North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
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