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An example of the second Hervagius edition of the ‘Novus Orbis regionum’. First published in 1532, the work is a compilation of voyages by John Huttich. It is sometimes ascribed to Simon Grynaeus, who edited the work and wrote the dedication. The voyages of Cadamosto, Columbus, Nino, Pinzon, Cabral and Vespucci amongst others are included. It also includes the travels of Brocardus in the Holy Land and Marco Polo in the far east. This edition adds the letter of Maximilian of Transylvania to the Cardinal of Salzburg relating Magellan’s voyages in 1519-22. With the celebrated world map ‘Typus cosmographicus universalis’ in facsimile. It bears an angel at each pole shown turning the world on its axis. At the time of the first edition it was a visual representation of Copernican theory predating his publication of the ‘De revolutionibus orbium coelestium’ by eleven years. Shirley describes the ‘richness of artistic decoration,’ attributing the map’s cartography to Sebastian Munster and its border decoration to hans Holbein. Provenance: bookplate of Earl of Crawford; Charles Traylen Catalogue 1975 item 139 (cutting inserted loose); private collection of Rodney Shirley. Adams G-1334: Sabin 34100; Shirley 67 (world map).

Novus Orbis Regionum ac Insularum Veteribus Incognitarum una cum tabula cosmographica

Johannes Hervagius, Basle, March 1537
Folio (305 x 195 mm.), old mottled calf, rebacked with raised bands and double gilt ruled compartments, red calf gilt title label. Title with woodcut printer’s device (repeated on last leaf), pp. (48), 600, (2). with folding woodcut map ‘Typus Cosmographicus Universalis’ in facsimile, woodcut illustrations in the text at page 30 and 129, 8- 6- and 5-line historiated initials, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9408


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