First known printed world map showing America

Description

This map, produced just a decade after Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, is the earliest known printed world map to show America (represented as an extension of Asia, stretching across the North Atlantic).

It was engraved by Francesco Rosselli, a miniaturist and painter, and younger brother of the famous painter Cosimo (responsible for frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome). Francesco was not a professional cartographer, yet his technical mastery enabled him to modify Ptolemy’s projection in order to accommodate the newly acquired geographical knowledge in a single coherent image.

Full title:
Mundu [sic] spericum
Published:
1506
Format:
Map
Creator:
Francesco di Lorenzo Rosselli, Giovanni Matteo Contarini
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps C.2.cc.4

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