Nuremberg: Johann Petri, 1538. ,111pp., including a full-page map of the world and its zones. Small quarto. Modern calf, spine gilt, raised bands. A few instances of early manuscript notes in the margins. Minor, expert repair to the foredge of the titlepage. Light, even tanning. A very handsome copy. Item #WRCAM37369
The first and only edition of a geographical description of the world whose last chapter, "De Terris et Insulis nuper repertis," is devoted to the Americas. Amerigo Vespucci is named as the discoverer of the New World, which Rithaymer dubs "America" in his honor. The chapter also includes references to Temiscela (Mexico), Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil, and reports two islands discovered under the auspices of Ferdinand and Isabella, but with no mention of the discoverer. There is also information on Java, Madagascar, and Zypangrus (Japan). The map, a sphere with Europe, Africa, and Asia at its center, is not noted by Shirley. Rithaymer, a native of Mariazell in Styria, relates much detailed information, based on his personal knowledge and observations, and on sources such as Vadianus, Ziegler, and Tornadel. Not in Borba de Moraes, Church, or Medina. OCLC locates only two copies, at Yale and the University of Minnesota. Rare and significant. HARRISSE, ADDITIONS 119. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 538/10. KRAUS, AMERICANA VETUSTISSIMA 45. SABIN 71582. JCB (3)1:124-5. OCLC 40522276.