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Copper-engraved map. Condition: very good. Blue traces in the lower margin.
This very rare map of California by Johannes Metellus appeared in José de Acosta’s De Natura Nova Orbis. It is a reduced version of Cornelis Wytfliet map of the same name in 1597. Wytfliet’s is the first printed map devoted to the California peninsula and the south west of the present day united States.
North of the map on the north side of the map, the inscription « Civitatum Septem Patria » is an early printed reference to the Seven Cities of Gold, a myth that led to several expeditions by adventurers and conquistadors in the 16th century.
The two maps are very similar with a few omissions on the Metellus map. Although there have been questions about which map precedes the other one, Burden assumes that Wytfliet's work was published first. Metellus' map is much rarer than Wytfliet's.