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HUTTICH, Johann (ca 1480-1544) and Simon GRYNAEUS (1493-1541).Novus Orbis Regionum Insularum Veteribus Incognitarum una cum tabula cosmographica. Basil: Jo. Hervagium Mense, March 1537 [colophon: November 1536].

HUTTICH, Johann (ca 1480-1544) and Simon GRYNAEUS (1493-1541).Novus Orbis Regionum Insularum Veteribus Incognitarum una cum tabula cosmographica. Basil: Jo. Hervagium Mense, March 1537 [colophon: November 1536].

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HUTTICH, Johann (ca 1480-1544) and Simon GRYNAEUS (1493-1541). Novus Orbis Regionum Insularum Veteribus Incognitarum una cum tabula cosmographica, & aliquote alrijs consimilis argumenti libellis, quorum omnium catalogus sequenti patebit pagina. Basil: Jo. Hervagium Mense, March 1537 [colophon: November 1536].

Folio (12 4/8 x 8 inches). Woodcut printer's device on title-page and last leaf. Folding woodcut map "Typus Cosmographicus Universalis" (laid down on silk, quite worn with significant loss to the lower left-hand edge which is supplied in manuscript facsimile, other repairs), one or two woodcut illustrations in the text, 8- 6- and 5-line historiated initials (some light browning and spotting). Contemporary vellum over paste-board, remains of two pairs of ties (backstrip and hinges chipped with loss, generally a bit worn and stained). 

Provenance: Purchased at Sotheby's December 11th, 2008, lot 6, $16,875 

Second Hervagius edition, adding the letter of Maximilian of Transylvania to the Cardinal of Salzburg recounting the voyages of Magellan in 1519–1522 (pages 585–600). With the celebrated world map "Typus cosmographicus universalis", with an ANGEL AT EACH POLE WITH A CRANK TO TURN THE WORLD ON ITS AXIS which at the time of the first edition was a visual representation of Copernican theory predating by 11 years publication of his "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium", the issue with "Asia" printed in small letters, and "Tropicus Capricorni" printed above the tropical line. Shirley attributes the cartography of this map to Münster and the border decoration to Holbein, who was working with several Basel publishers at the time. It is of particular interest especially for its "richness of artistic decoration" (Shirley). 

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, "also many other pieces which do not relate to America" (Sabin).  Begining with Madrignano's latin version of the "Paesi novamente retrovati", and followed by ten accounts, all of which had been previously published except the second, they include Vespucci's letter to Piero Soderinin Gonfalonier of Florence, recording his four voyages which was first published in 1507 as an appendix to Waldseemuller's "Cosmographiae Introductio"; the first publication of a letter from King Manuel of Portugal to Leo X relating the conquest of Malacca and the relief of Goa by Albuquerque; Madrignano's Latin translation of the "Itinerario" of Ludovico di Varthema, printed Rome 1510; Brocardus's description of the Holy Land; the travels of Marco Polo; the travels of Hayton the Armenian; a description of Russia by Matthias of Miechow first published in Cracow in 1517; another description of Russia by Paolo Giovio, first published in Rome 1525; Peter the Martyr's Fourth Decade, fist published in Basel in 1521; and an account of the antiquities of Prussia by Erasmuns Stella, also Basel 1510 (Modern Language Review, volume II, 1907). Adams G-1334: Sabin 34100; Shirley 67 (world map). 

 

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