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1600 - Chica Sive Patagonica et Australis terra MDC.

Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Matthias Quad 280 x 220 mmD1 / M131 / I52Good condition.

One of the earliest polar maps of the Antarctic.

Of particular interest to historians is the suggestion in the text accompanying this map, which describes rather accurately the existence of a southern land south of New Guinea that "may well appear to be the fifth continent after having been discovered fully. This is used by some to support the argument that 16th century Portuguese knowledge of Australia existed before its discovery by the Dutch in 1606. The bottom section of Quad's map is drawn on polar projection and shows a large 'Terra Australis' reaching up in four peninsulas towards New Guinea (shown here as an island), 'Java Maior', Africa and towards South America. The Solomon Islands appear rather prominently on Quad's map.

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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