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Number: 3853
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1529
Title: [Untitled World Map]
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Cartographer: Girolamo de Verrazano
Other Contributors: Edward Luther Stevenson
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Notes: [Ruderman source # 67280], This a digital image of the Stevenson photograph; neither original manuscript nor photographic copy are in Afriterra collection] Excellent facsimile of this important world map recording the voyage of Giovanni de Verrazzano in 1524. The map includes a depiction of the mythical Sea of Verrazzano stretching from the Pacific to the East Coast of North America. The map is currently in the Vatican Library. It was previously in the Museo Borgia of the Propaganda Fide. For a more in-depth treatment, see the My Old Maps essay: The Edward Luther Stevenson Collection Edward Luther Stevenson was among the most important scholars of early cartography active at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. He was responsible for numerous cartobibliographic books, including the first translation of Ptolemy to English, as well as a series of impressive facsimile maps produced while he was at the Hispanic Society of New York. Dr. Stevenson viewed facsimiles as integral to the study of early cartography, and he committed himself to building an unparalleled collection of photographs of early maps and globes. Much of his collection was donated to Yale University after his death (click on the title link above for about that), but the present item comes from a large collection of photos, manuscripts, and related material that were part of Stevenson's library, but were not donated to Yale. It is truly an impressive collection and many of the items, though reproductions, have serious antiquarian merit. As Alexander O. Vietor said about Stevenson collection that went to Yale "this is the stuff of which great libraries are made."
Last updated: Jan 14, 2021