Nov 06, 2014 - Sale 2364

Sale 2364 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
(EARLY EXPLORATION.) Herrera, Antonio de. Novus orbis, sive descriptio Indiae Occidentalis. 17 double-page maps, engraved second title page, portrait plate of Jacob Le Maire, text illustrations. [3], 44, [3], 46-81, [2], 9, 11 leaves. Folio, later morocco, worn, front board detached; minor water damage and minor wear to fore-edge throughout. Amsterdam: Colijn, 1622

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First Latin edition of Herrera's 1601 Descripcion de las Indias Occidentales. The map inset to the title page is the first depiction of California as an island (see Tooley, Mapping of America, page 110), although it is depicted correctly as a peninsula in Map 1. Several of the maps depict Central and South America in detail. This edition is also distinguished by appendices of "Brevis ac Succinta Americae" by Bertius, and "Ephemerides sive Descriptio Navigationis Australis" by Le Maire. The latter is the first publication of Le Maire's important account of his voyage which discovered Cape Horn and numerous Pacific islands. European Americana 622/70; Medina, BHA 455n; Sabin 31540; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 12c.