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America sive Novus Orbis (America or the New World)

Photo credit: American Museum & Gardens

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This map is based on the 1594 world map by Peter Plancius, but what draws the eye are the lively figures depicted in the corner spandrels. This gallery of explorers – Christopher Columbus (1451–1506), Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512), Ferdinand Magellan (c.1480–1521), and the conquistador Francisco Pizarro (c.1471 or 1476–1541) – demonstrates De Bry’s business acumen: finely executed illustrations could greatly add to the commercial success of a map.

American Museum & Gardens



America sive Novus Orbis (America or the New World)




hand-coloured engraving on paper


H 34.5 x W 40.6 cm

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gift, 1989

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