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    Cempoala, Mexico. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available This map from Zempoala in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such topics...
    • Date: 1580
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    Atlas with Portolan Charts of the Old World and New World, 1580.
    Portulano Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    This atlas of portolan charts of the old and the new worlds consists of 16 double leaves made from fine white parchment, bound in costly red morocco leather (made from fine goatskin) with gold ornaments in oriental style. The important Portuguese mariner, cartographer, and painter Fernão Vaz Dourado is thought to have made the atlas in 1580, near the end of his life. It...
    • Date: 1580
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    [Portolan chart of the Pacific coast from Mexico to northern Chile]. Seems to be in Spanish. Title supplied by cataloger. Pen-and-ink; black, brown, green, and red. Trimmed to a rough rectangle. Matted and mounted between sheets of transparent lucite. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes col. ill. Imperfect: Some tears on edge and several holes. LC Nautical charts on vellum ; 10
    • Date: 1500
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    Sketches for the "Great Map of Bavaria" from 1563, Part 5. Topographical Map of Bavaria 49 Degrees 14 Minutes to 49 Degrees 18 Minutes North Latitude.
    Vorzeichnungen für die Grosse Karte Bayerns von 1563, Teil 5: Topographische Karte von Bayern 49° 14' bis 49° 18' nördl. Breite Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    Between 1554 and 1561, by order of Duke Albrecht V, Philipp Apian (1531-89) carried out a topographical survey of Bavaria (without using triangulation), on which was based the first mathematically measured map of a large region. In 1563, he completed a large-scale version on vellum, to a scale of 1:40,000, which was unfortunately destroyed after 1720. A copy of the original that was produced...
    • Date: 1554
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    World Map on Double Cordiform Projection. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available This world map on two sheets is an early work of the famous Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator (1512--94). Only two copies of the map are extant: this one from the American Geographical Society Library, and one at the New York Public Library. This is also the first map to apply the name America to the North American continent as well as to South America...
    • Date: 1538
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    A Modern and Complete Map of the World by the Royal Mathematician Oronce Fine of the Dauphiné.
    Recens et integra orbis descriptio. Orontius F[inaeus] Delph[inas], Regis[s] mathematic[us] facebiat Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    An astronomer and mathematician, from 1531 the first chair of mathematics in the Collège Royal (the present-day Collège de France), Oronce Fine (1494--1555) was one of the first French scholars to work with cartography. His world map in the shape of a heart belongs to a group of 18 heart-shaped projection maps published between 1511 and 1566. Inspired by one of the projections described...
    • Date: 1534
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    Theatrvm orbis terrarvm.
    Theatrum orbis terrarum
    Relief shown pictorially. Catalogus auctorum includes 92 names. Epigram on t.p. verso has 16 lines. Includes 53 map sheets, with descriptive text on verso. Phillips, 374, copy 1 Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici, Ort 1 Includes "De Mona druidum insula" by H. Llwyd. Exhibited: A world of names, 1990. Exhibited: Images of the World, 1984. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as...
    • Contributor: Ortelius, Abraham - Llwyd, Humphrey - Diesth, Aegid. Coppenius (Aegidius Coppenius)
    • Date: 1570

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    Nautical Planisphere. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available This nautical map of the world was produced by the Genoese cartographer Nicolo di Caverio based on Portuguese documents. The map can be dated to 1506, as it contains no reference to any discovery made after this year. The map has three scales of lengths at the top. On the left border is a scale of latitudes from 55° south to 70° north. A...
    • Date: 1504
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    Expeditionis Hispanorum in Angliam vera descriptio. Anno Do: M D LXXXVIII. Intended to accompany: Ubaldini, Petruccio. A discourse concerninge the Spanishe fleete invadinge Englande in the yeare 1588. Some of the plates are signed by Robert Adams, artist, and Augustine Ryther, engraver. The legends are in English. Kraus, H.P. Sir Francis Drake, 51 ESTC S123138 Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. Gift of Hans P. and Hanni Kraus....
    • Contributor: Ryther, Augustine - Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress) - Adams, Robert - Ubaldini, Petruccio
    • Date: 1589

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    Culhuacán, Mexico. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available This map from Culhuacán in the present-day Delegación de Ixtapalapa, Mexico City, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such...
    • Date: 1580
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    [Mapa del Golfo y costa de la Nueva España : desde el Río de Panuco hasta el cabo de Santa Elena ...]. Relief shown pictorially. Shows the coast from the vicinity of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina of the United States, location of Indian settlements, and lakes and rivers in the region to the Pánuco River in Mexico; the interior is as far north as the latitude of the Tennessee River. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image....
    • Contributor: Archivo General De Indias - Santa Cruz, Alonso De
    • Date: 1572
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    New Map of the Wonderful, Large and Rich Land of Guiana.
    Nieuwe caerte van het wonderbaer ende goudrycke Landt Guiana Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    This hand-colored map of Guiana (present-day French Guyana, Suriname, and Guyana) is the work of Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), the patriarch of one of the most famous Dutch mapmaking families. The map includes annotations in Dutch about the indigenous peoples of northern South America, along with fantastic illustrations of South American animals. The Amazon and Orinoco rivers are both well depicted on the map.
    • Date: 1598
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    [Portolan atlas of the Mediterranean Sea, western Europe, and the northwest coast of Africa]. Title supplied by cataloger. Attributed to Joan Oliva by John Wolter in A portolan atlas of the Mediterranean Sea and western European waters, with a world map, 1987. Pen-and-ink and watercolor on vellum. World map painted on paper affixed to vellum. Six blank paper pages precede and follow the 10 vellum pages of maps. Circular watermarks on pp. [3] and [19]. Bound in contemporary...
    • Contributor: Oliva, Joan
    • Date: 1590

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    Sketches for the "Great Map of Bavaria" from 1563, Part 4. Topographical Map of Bavaria 48 Degrees 15 Minutes to 48 Degrees 18 Minutes North Latitude.
    Vorzeichnungen für die Grosse Karte Bayerns von 1563, Teil 4: Topographische Karte von Bayern 48° 15' bis 48° 18' nördl. Breite Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    Between 1554 and 1561, by order of Duke Albrecht V, Philipp Apian (1531-89) carried out a topographical survey of Bavaria (without using triangulation), on which was based the first mathematically measured map of a large region. In 1563, he completed a large-scale version on vellum, to a scale of 1:40,000, which was unfortunately destroyed after 1720. A copy of the original that was produced...
    • Date: 1554
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    Atlas sive Cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mvndi et fabricati figvra.
    Atlas | Cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mvndi et fabricati figvra | Atlas sive Cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura
    The first part, originally published in 1585, is composed of three fascicles, each with a special t. p.: Galliæ tabulę geographicæ ; Belgii Inferioris geographicæ tabulę ; Germaniae tabulę geographicæ. The second part, originally published in 1589, has special t. p.: Italiae, Sclavoniæ, et Graeciæ tabulę geographicę. The third part, under whose title the work is published, precedes the first and second parts. Left...
    • Contributor: Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Mercator, Rumold - Mercator, Gerhard
    • Date: 1595
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    Le novveav monde descovvert et illvstre de nostre temps
    Nouveau monde descouvert et illustre de nostre temps
    Relief shown pictorially. Woodcut. Includes illustrations and notes. Described in the Library of Congress Quarterly Journal of current acquisitions, v. 6 no. 3 May 1949. p. 20-21. Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 1305 LC copy mounted on cloth. Gift ; Lessing J. Rosenwald ; June 29, 1948. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
    • Contributor: Chaudière, Guillaume - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Thevet, André
    • Date: 1581
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    Hauslab-Liechtenstein map collection The Hauslab-Liechtenstein map collection contains some 10,000 manuscript and printed sheets. A large portion of these map and atlas sheets were compiled by the Austrian cartographer and general Franz Ritter von Hauslab. These were later acquired by Prince Jordan II of Liechtenstein, whose own maps complemented the Hauslab collection, hence the name Hauslab-Liechtentstein. Within the collection there are examples of various types of map...
    • Contributor: Hauslab, Franz - Johann II, Fürst Von Und Zu Liechtenstein
    • Date: 1500
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    Nautical Chart of the Mediterranean Basin.
    Carta nautica del bacino del Mediterraneo Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    This portolan nautical chart, of Catalan origin, illustrates the coastal areas of the Mediterranean Sea with a wealth of detail, with toponyms of the inhabited areas shown without regard to political-territorial divisions. Nautical charts came into use on sailing vessels in the Mediterranean toward the end of the 13th century, coinciding with much broader seafaring activity and exploration. These charts supplemented the written instructions,...
    • Date: 1553
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    [San Juan de Ulúa Watercolor on vellum. Upper corners damp marked, with very slight marking of the drawing. Mounted on cloth. Kraus, H.P. Sir Francis Drake, 46 Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. Gift of Hans P. and Hanni Kraus.
    • Contributor: Eraso, Cristóbal De. - Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1570
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    Die neuwen Inseln, so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem land India ligen.
    New weldt oder Inseln, so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem land India ligen
    Relief shown pictorially. South America labeled in German, geographic features otherwise in Latin. Appears in the author's Cosmographei. Basel, Switzerland. 1550. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Exhibited: Rivers, edens, empires: Lewis & Clark and the revealing of America, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., July 24-Nov. 29, 2003. Fold-lined.
    • Contributor: Münster, Sebastian
    • Date: 1550
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    Map Outlining the Maritime Coasts of Arabia Felix, the Meccan Shores, and also the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula, Hormuz, Persia, from Sinda to the Indus River, Khambhat in India and Malabar, ...
    Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae, freti Mecani ; al. Maris Rubri ; Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae, suprà Sindam usque Fluminis Indi, Cambaiae Indiae & Malabaris, Insulae Ceylon, Choromandeliae, & Orixae, fluvii Gangis, & Regni Bengalae, situs item Sinuum, Insularum, Scopulorum, Pulvinorum, Vadorum, profunditatumque, dictis oris adjacentium, cum genuinis Singulorum locorum Nominibus, prout ab expertissimis navium Gubernatoribus Lusitanicis, indigetantur Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    Jan Huygen van Linschoten (1563-1611) was a Dutchman whose contributions to cartography were of great significance in breaking the Portuguese monopoly on trade and navigation in the late 16th century and in opening up southern Asia to the Dutch and later the English. As a young man, van Linschoten spent four years in Spain learning a trade. He then made his way to Lisbon,...
    • Date: 1596
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    [La Coruña. El Ferrol, Spain] Pen and water colors on vellum. Both maps oriented with north to the bottom. Kraus, H.P. Sir Francis Drake, 50a Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. Gift of Hans P. and Hanni Kraus.
    • Contributor: Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1589
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    Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 4 Recto, Magnus Sinus and Folio 4 Verso, China Sea with the Moluccas. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available The map presented here is from the Miller Atlas in the collections of the National Library of France. Produced for King Manuel I of Portugal in 1519 by cartographers Pedro Reinel, his son Jorge Reinel, and Lopo Homem and miniaturist António de Holanda, the atlas contains eight maps on six loose sheets, painted on both sides. The maps were richly decorated and illuminated by...
    • Date: 1519
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    Carta marina navigatoria Portvgallen navigationes, atqve tocius cogniti orbis terre marisqve formam natvram sitvs et terminos nostris temporibvs recognitos et ab antiqvorum traditione differentes, eciam qvor vetvsti non meminervnt avtores, hec generaliter ...
    Carta marina navigatoria Portugallen navigationes, atque tocius cogniti orbis terre marisque formam naturam situs et terminos nostris temporibus recognitos et ab antiquorum traditione differentes, eciam quor vetusti non meminerunt autore, hec generaliter indicat
    Relief shown pictorially. Includes text and illustrations. Bound in the Schöner Sammelband. Sheet 6 appears to be a proof copy and was laid in after the Sammelband was bound. All sheets except for sheet 6 annotated in ink and red ink by Johann Schöner. All sheets bear a watermark of a triple pointed crown. Sheet 9 has a paper patch within a shield covering...
    • Contributor: Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress) - Schöner, Johann - Waldseemüller, Martin
    • Date: 1516

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    Vniversale descrittione di tvtta la terra conoscivta fin qvi.
    Universale descrittione di tutta la terra conosciuta fin qui
    Relief shown pictorially. Based on an earlier map by Giacomo Gastaldi. From the Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress, no. 1304. Originally printed on 2 sheets, each 48 x 40 cm. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes text and ill. Vault
    • Contributor: Forlani, Paolo - Bertelli, Ferando - Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius) - Gastaldi, Giacomo
    • Date: 1565