Norumbega et Virginia Map, 1597

Map Collection #MC0028

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Title: Norumbega et Virginia Map
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: 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.

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September 6, 2002, 1 item, 0.0001 cubic feet; Norumbega et Virginia, a map (1597) by Cornelius Wytfliet, of the East Coast of North America extending from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Cape Breton (21- 41. North Latitude; 287- 308West Longitude) excised from Descriptiones Ptolemaicae Augmentum, siue Occidentis Nottia Brevi Commentario. (Louvain, Tijpis Iohannis Bogardi, 1597), the first atlas of America. Matted. Vividly hand colored in shades of green, tan, rust, blue, pink, red, and brown, ca. 19th century. 9" x 11.25" x .125". Donor: Langford Endowment Fund.

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Norumbega et Virginia Map (#MC0028), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Langford Endowment Fund

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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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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