FRIES’ MAP OF THE WORLD 1541

 

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AUTHOR:

FRIES, LAURENT / [WALDSEEMULLER, MARTIN]

TITLE:

Orbis Typus Universalis IVXTA Hydrographorum Traditionem Exactissime Depicta. 1522. L.F.

CONDITION:

11-3/4” x 18”. Uncolored. Excellent condition.

DATE:

[1522]

DESCRIPTION:

This map by Laurent Fries is “one of the earliest world maps that collectors can still obtain through map sellers, albeit at an increasingly high price” -- Shirley. The map is a reworking of Waldseemuller’s famous 1513 world map with the notable addition of the name America in the New World. It was first published in Fries’ Ptolemaic geography of 1522, but this is a 1541 edition of the map. Fries’ map follows the Waldseemuller’s basic delineation of the world but with additions and alterations. England and Scotland have reverted to separate islands, while India has become a confusing double-peninsula. Shirley also notes that Fries has added a western coastline to South America, “more by intuition than by factual report.” “In spite of these imperfections Fries’ map is much sought after as it somehow reflects the ambiguities of his age. A framework of medieval thinking is having to be re-cast in order to accept the as yet unrealised extent of the newly conquered lands. For decorative value, if not for accuracy, the map has considerable attractions” -- Shirley.

REFERENCES:

Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #48.

Inventory No. 8539

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