Dec 17, 2020 - Sale 2555

Sale 2555 - Lot 241

Price Realized: $ 42,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
SYLVANUS, BERNARDUS. [Untitled World Map.] Double-page woodcut map of the modern world on a cordiform projection; primary lettering printed separately in red. 17x22 1/2 inches sheet size, blank verso; several repairs not seriously affecting printed areas, sheet edges lightly stained, worn, and archivally consolidated. Venice, 1511

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one of the earliest attainable printed maps to show the New World. The modern geography is given a stylish treatment with hachuring around the landmasses to add depth and an enhanced interior topography choked with mountains and river systems; moveable type was used to separately print the distinct red lettering. All these features "together with the decorative windheads, zodiacal signs, and distinctive heart-shaped projection, make this a most striking representation" -- Shirley 32.