North America. Paolo Forlani (fl. circa 1560-1571) Il Disegno del discoperto della nova Franza.
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North America. Paolo Forlani (fl. circa 1560-1571) Il Disegno del discoperto della nova Franza. Venice: Zaltieri, 1566. Second state, with the dated Zaltieri imprint; copper-plate engraved map printed on a double folio laid paper sheet without watermark, characteristic irregular platemark, large margins, the sheet removed from a book, with evidence of binding along the top edge, bottom right corner with the handwritten ink page number: 371; slight ink offsetting from another copy of the same map on the verso; 1 1/2 inch round ownership stamp with initials center verso; large margins, platemark measures 15 1/2 to 15 3/4 x 11 to 11 1/8 in.; some toning, a few spots in the blank margins, old penciled number in blank margin, lower right recto; with a typed note stating that the map was acquired in Florence Italy in November of 1944; toning to verso, sheet size 22 1/8 x 16 in.
"The earliest collectible map to name the strait separating the American and Asian continents and the earliest separately published map of North America." (Quoted from David Woodward's, "The Forlani Map of North American," Imago Mundi, 46:1.
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