“ORBIS TERRAE COMPENDIOSA DESCRIPTIO” . Rumold Mercator. Venice: published by Giuseppe Rosaccio, 1598 first edition (not the more common later 1713 version with additional “T.2.pag.284” above the Eastern Hemisphere). Original copper-plate engraving. Reference: Shirley #217. (Paper: 244 x 330mm – 9 ½ x 13’’ Image: 195 x 258mm – 7 5/8 x 10 1/8’’)
This map is based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587 with parallel latitudinals added. The projection of North America is similar to the Zaltieri/Lafreri maps of North America, with an exaggerated projection of NW Coast of America. Although California is depicted as a peninsula, there are no Great Lakes.
The Northwest Passage is clearly shown and a very large Terra Australis extends along the bottom. Florida barely extends from the continent.
This map predates the explorations of Le Maire & Schouten, which rounded Cape Horn proving open water south of Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan.
A fine 16th century double hemispheric map in excellent condition, with rich dark impression.
Presented in an archival 13 x 16'' mat