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Place of creation
Scope and content
Double-cordiform map with North American continent an extension of Asian mainland. Earliest recognizable depiction of continuous east coast of North America on printed map. West coast of Mexico, although continuous with Asia, is earliest record on a printed map of the discoveries of Hernando Cortes.
Conditions of access
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist
5 Item no. assigned by LAC 5
Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Creator / Provenance
Printer: Wechel, Christian, 1495-1554.
Biography / Administrative history
Renaissance astronomer, mathematican, teacher, cartographer, illustrator and wood engraver from the Dauphinais area of France. Wrote theoretical works on many subjects including astronomy, astrology, mathematics and music. His famous map " Nova, et integra universi orbis descriptio" a woodcut double-cordiform world map, first appeared in 1531 with at least 6 states being produced up to 1555.
Title taken from banner across map in other reference sources. This copy missing most of title.
Banner appearing along bottom reads" Pars borelais par vv stralis"
This double cordiform map includes a decorative border depicting sea creatures and flora.
This state of the map was printed by "Christianus Weche"
Physical condition note
Cartographic math data
Citation / reference note
Ricard B. Arkway Inc. Catalog 54 World Maps, c. 1200-1700, entry 11.
Availability of other formats note
World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .
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