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Author: Silvani, Bernardo
Date: 1511
Location: Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere

Dimensions: 44.0 x 58.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: MAPPING BOSTON COLLECTION

 
DESCRIPTION

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As the first map printed in two colors, this is a monument to map printing. The place names in capital letters were printed in red ink by means of type set into the woodblocks. The decorative windheads, zodiacal signs, and the distinctive cordiform (or heart-shaped) projection, all contribute to the striking nature of this map.

Geographically, Sylvanus included the New World discoveries of the previous two decades, showing Cuba, Hispaniola, and northern South America. However, he labeled the latter Terra Sanctae Crucis, rather than America, a name thatwas just beginning to be used by other European cartographers.

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