Map (1597) of the East Coast of North America, by Cornelius Wytfliet, extending from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Cape Breton (21- 41. North Latitude; 287- 308 West Longitude) excised from Descriptionis Ptolemaeici augmentum, the first atlas of America. 9 x 11.25 x .125. Matted. Hand colored, ca. 19th century.
While a beautiful map, it "rates high in cartographic fantasy" according to a leading historical cartographer. "Norumbega is an imaginary place supposedly located south of New France (Quebec) and the coast from Cape Breton to the Chesapeake is imaginary also, with only the Virginia and Carolina coasts having any basis in reality." Standard map until de Laet (1630). Based on White / De Bry (1590), Purchased from Richard B. Arkway (8/6/2002); Appraised by Lynn Roundtree (Armadillo Books, 8/31/2002).
Northumbega is a mythical location. First printed map to focus on this area; second to use the name "Virginia" in the title. Standard map until de Laet (1630). Based on White / De Bry (1590), Purchased from Richard B. Arkway (8/6/2002); Appraised by Lynn Roundtree (Armadillo Books, 8/31/2002).
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