Novus orbis regionum ad insularum...omnium catalogus
Basel, Hervagium. 1555
(Alden/Landis 555/42; Sabin 34104; Brunet IV, 132)
In folio (38x23 cm.).
Rebound in XVIII century full calf, raised band on the spine, engraved and gilt title.
In a box.
26 nn lvs including title page adorned with a copper plate engraving
678 pp (last blank)
Woodcut initials to each story.
A few woodcut illustrations in the text.
Latin edition of 23 books (texts) on the earliest voyages of discovery including Cadamosta (Cape Verde 1455; 1456); Columbus (1492; 1493) ; Pinzon; Vespuccis four voyages; Marco Polo; Michow (Poland); Peter Martyr: de Insulis; Transylvanus on Magellans circumnavigation and Cortes second and third Carta de relacion (1522; 1523) these and others introduced by the Renaissance humanist Simon Grynaeus and an extensive explanation of the map by Sebastian Münster.
The worldmap, (Shirley 67).
In a short essay Sebastian Münster describes the map and how it can be used to follow the journals of Columbus, Vespucci, Varthema and others in the rest of the book. The map, which carries no date or authors name appeared in the first edition of Novus Orbis.. in 1532. The map is generally attributed to Münster, the decorative engravings to Hans Holbein the younger. It is a woodcut, printed on two sheets of paper, glued together. Both have the same watermark, a ball and a flower. An old tear which started at the stub that bound the map in the book has been restored to invisibility.