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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Norumbega et Virginia Map (#MC0028), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Langford Endowment Fund
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).