Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 41

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
(EARLY EXPLORATION.) Ferrer Maldonado, Lorenzo. Imagen del mundo, sobre la esfera, cosmografia, y geografia, teorica de planetas, y arte de navegar. Numerous diagrams in the text. [8], 276, [4] pages. 4to, contemporary vellum, recased; variously toned, many leaves with tasteful restoration to edges or corners, occasionally affecting text; early inscription on title page. Alcalá de Henares, Spain: García & Duplastre, 1626

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A navigation and astronomy textbook by the controversial explorer Ferrer Maldonado, who claimed to have discovered the Northwest Passage through the semi-mythical Strait of Anián. The present volume was published posthumously and does not mention his voyage, but a short chapter on the geography of America (pages 92-93) notes that from "Tierra del Labrador, y alli embocando por su estrecho, corre al Oessudueste, hasta el estrecho de Anian, adonde torna a entrar en el mar del Sur." European Americana 626/50; Medina, BHA 812; Palau 90524 ("libro interesante y buscado"); Sabin 44108. None sold at auction since 1962.