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1593 - Novae Guineae Forma & Situs

Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Gerard De Jode 220 x 340 mmD1 / M130 / I337Excellent condition. Two small worm holes, otherwise a near perfect example.

De Jode's rare map of New Guinea and Terra Australis Incognita is considered by some authorities to represent the first printed map of Australia .

One of the remaining contentious issues in the history of the discovery of Australia is whether or not the Dutch were the first European nation to land on Australian soil. Many argue that it was indeed the Portuguese who landed first. Some say it was a little known French voyage that should claim the prize.

De Jode's extraordinary map showing New Guinea , the Solomon Islands and a large fictitious northern Australia is frequently used to illustrate knowledge of Australia prior to the Dutch landing on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula in 1606. Certainly the accompanying text lends weight to this viewpoint. The text from the atlas states…."After this region, the huge Australian land follows which - as soon as it is known - will represent a fifth continent…".

This information is adopted from the Printed World catalogue series, one of the most enjoyable and informative Australian Antique map catalogues available, created and compiled by Simon Dewez.

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