Lot 101

Huttich (Johann) & Grynaeus (Simon)

Novus orbis regionum ac insularum veteribus incognitarum una cum tabula cosmographica, FIRST EDITION, woodcut printer’s device on title and last leaf, large woodcut folding map (385 x 470mm), woodcut text illustrations, burn holes and repairs to title, some spotting, evident soiling to a couple of leaves, occasional worm holes, mainly in margins, occasional annotations and underling in an early hand, ex libris ‘Bibliothecae Petri Buoninsegni Senis 1814’ to title, contemporary calf, tooled in gilt with corner and centre pieces, re-backed, some restoration, [Adams G1334; Alden & Landis 532/17; BMC/STC German 375; Borba de Moraes I, p. 317; Brown World Encompassed 65; JCB I:101; Sabin 34100; Shirley 67 (world map)], folio, Hervagius, Basel, 1532.

*** Huttich’s geography with the rare world map by Sebastian Münster and Hans Holbein, ‘Typus cosmographicus universalis’, in the issue featuring ‘Asia’ printed in large letters, but ‘Tropicus Capricorni’ printed above the tropical line. Harrisse calls this large type the first issue, while Shirley notes ‘variations in type and text may occur from one edition to another’. The putti turning the earth reflect the Copernican theory for the first time. The map’s cartography is based primarily on Waldseemuller’s 1507 wall map of the world and on the 1502 Cantino Planisphere. The work contains accounts of the voyages of Cadamosto, the three voyages of Columbus, Nino, Pinzon, Vespucius, Cabral, and part of the Fourth Decade of Peter Martyr. In the corners of the map each of the continents is represented by flora and fauna associated with it during the Age of Discovery: pepper, nutmeg, and cloves for Asia; an elaborate tableau of cannibalism for America; and for Africa, exotic creatures and indigenous people. North America is presented as an island called ‘Terra de Cuba’, while Cuba itself has the early name ‘Isabella’. Japan appears just off the west coast of North America.

Estimate: £8,000-£12,000