La Florida. Auctore Hieron. Chiasues. Peruviae Auriferae Regionis Typus… Guastecan Reg. A./ CHIAVES ORTELIUS, H.
The First, Acquirable Map of Florida & the Southeast
The First Edition in a Mint Example
Southeast/ Florida.
[Antwerp, 1584]

La Florida. Auctore Hieron. Chiasues. Peruviae Auriferae Regionis Typus… Guastecan Reg.

14 x 18 inches, Fine hand color; mint condition.

A very fine example of the first edition of this foundational map.  "One of the half-dozen most important mother-maps of southeastern North America.  This map probably had more influence than any other map in establishing the subsequent conception of Florida as including that part of the present United States from the peninsula of Florida northward to or beyond the Mississippi" (Cumming, p. 12).  In fact, the general outline of the Florida peninsula is more accurate here than on some maps appearing as late as the early 18th century.

It is remarkable that the three maps that comprise this engraving, all of which originated from Spanish cartographers, appeared in a generally disseminated atlas, since Spain at the time forbade the publication of maps.  Even more surprising is that one of the maps (Peruviae Auriferae Regionis) displays Spain's sources of gold in Colombia and of silver in Bolivia.  This is evidence of the remarkable array of Ortelius’s contacts throughout Europe and his ability to obtain maps not available to others.

Van der Krogt 9820+9440+9540: 31:031; Burden 57; Cumming 5.

Price: $2,500.00

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