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1598 Ortelius Cuba

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"Hispaniolae, Cubae, Aliarumque Insularum Circumiacientium, Delineatio"

Published by Abraham Ortelius, 1598

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This reproduction of the beautifully hand-colored copperplate engraving of "Hispaniolae, Cubae, Aliarumque Insularum Circumiacientium, Delineatio" was originally published by Abraham Ortelius in 1598 in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, which is recognized as the first modern atlas publication.

A detailed study of the newly explored and settled regions in the Americas, this map consists of two early maps of important regions in the New World.

The top map is one of the first to show western Mexico, and it depicts the region around the Spanish settlement of Culiacanae, now the capital city of the state of Sinaloa. Ortelius's source is anonymous, but the wealth of place names on the map suggests a source more familiar with the region than is typical of the time.

The bottom map focuses on the major islands in the Caribbean - Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica - and has detail that is quite remarkable for the period. Ortelius drew the map of Hispaniola himself, based on previous chartings by Gerard Mercator, Diego Guttierez and Alonso de Santa Cruz.

Curiously, the two maps employ very different styles of engraving. The Culiacana map's ocean is stippled in a manner very characteristic of Ortelius, while the gorgeous waves surrounding the Caribbean islands are more characteristic of his contemporary, Mercator. Three colorful and decorative cartouches complete the piece.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.