Typo de la carta cosmographica de gaspar vopellio medeburgense
De Girava, Gironimo
Date of Creation:
A fine example of this world map, published in Milan as part of Girava's 'Cosmographia…'. On a cordiform projection, and based on the large 12-sheet map by Vopell which is no longer extant.
With an unusual configuraton of the Americas. The heart-shaped projection follows Waldseemuller's world map of 1507, but the geography is very unlike: North America / 'Nueva Espana' shares a land mass with Asia and Labrador is connected to 'Grutlandia'. There is a note that Balboa discovered the Pacific / 'Mar de Sur' in 1513 and another that a large southern continent was sighted in 1499 below the Antarctic circle.This map is a reduction of Caspar Vopel's lost 12-sheet map. The surround incorporates nine wind heads, figures holding a globe and an astrolabe respectively, and two celestial charts.
Girava, cosmographer to the Emperor Charles V, created this map from a large world map of Caspar Vopell. Vopell's maps, supposedly of 1545, 1549, and 1552, are no longer knnown, although some derivatives by Vavassore and Van den Putte of the 12-sheet map have survived.