Noribergae, Hulsius, 1599
Copper-engraved map. Condition: very good. Blue traces at the bottom of the map.
Rare first edition of the Hulsius map which appeared in "Brevis & admiranda descriptio regni Guianae, auri abundantissimi, in America" Hulsius' edition of Sir Walter Raleigh's travels in America. The map was originally published by Hulsius to illustrate Schmidel´s Vera Historia, one of the volumes of his collection of voyages. This is one of the most accurate maps of northern South America of the 16th century.
The map extends from Cuba in the North to Brazil and Peru in the South. The map has been extensively enhanced with indigenous people, fauna and flora. It also includes allegorical and mythological figures, sea monsters and a sailing ship.
The notation to the right of S. Cruz (St. Croix, VI), "Guanahani 1492", indicates the island where Christopher Columbus' ships first landed on their way to the Americas, although it is now thought to be in the Bahamas, in another part of the Caribbean.