Title : Universale Novo..
Map maker : GASTALDI, G..
Date : Venice, 1548.
Size : 5.1 x 6.9 inches. / 13.0 x 17.4 cm.
Colouring : Uncolored.

Condition: Copper engraving. Small repair of a split lower part center fold, 15mm into engraved area, hardly notable. Dark impression. Italian text on verso.

Gastaldi’s world map. It is about the earliest Italian world maps to depict the continent of America. The map is a reduced version of his first world map of 1546, with the addition of six wind heads around the oval projection. North America and Asia are connected as one landmass.

The Amazon River is a prominent feature in South America, yet it is shown flowing north-south, not east-west. A small continent surrounds the South Pole and stretches to make one side of the Straits of Magellan.

According to Nordenskiold, the map was engraved by Gastaldi himself.

Giacomo Gastaldi’s Atlas of 1548 has been called the most comprehensive atlas, produced between Martin Waldseemüller’s Geographiae of 1513, and the Abraham Ortelius Theatrum of 1570.
Considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century, Gastaldi’s maps were beautifully engraved on copper, marking a turning point in the history of cartography. It was the First sixteenth-century Atlas to reintroduce copper engraving!
From that point forward, the majority of cartographic works used this method. As it was a harder material than wood, it gave the engraver the ability to give more details.
Gastaldi sought the most up-to-date geographical information available and are among the earliest obtainable maps for regional collectors.

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