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WYTFLIET, CORNELIUS. Histoire Universelle des Indes Occidentales. 2 engraved architectural titles, 19 double-page engraved maps (without Nouva Granata & California), final leaf with colophon and woodcut printer's device, mispagination as common. Small folio, 12x7 3/4 inches, contemporary reversed sheep with gilt morocco spine label, worn with cords and lower spine block exposed; some light browning throughout text, typed note affixed to lower margin of R1 verso, maps generally clean with a pleasant patination. Bookplate of Connecticut State Library. Douai: Francois Fabri, 1607
Second French edition of the first atlas of America. Initially appearing in 1597, Wytfliet's book marked the emergence of a separately published atlas containing maps solely devoted to the American continents. The present edition is expanded to include Giovanni Magini's description of the Far East, along with miniature maps of Japan, India, China and the Philippines together on one double-page sheet. Phillips, Atlases 1143.