# 12409

Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas; Petrus Bertius; Pedro Ordóñez de Cevallos

Novvs orbis, sive Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis, auctore Antonio Herrera …

Metaphraste C. Barlaeo. Acc. et aliorum Indiae e Occidentalis descriptiones et navigationis nuperae Australis Jac. le Maire historia, uti et navigationum omnium per Fretum Magellanicum succincta narratio. Also titled: Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis per Antonium de Herrera Regium Indiarum et Castellae Historiographum.

Amstelodami [Amsterdam] : Colinius [Colijn, Michiel], M. D. C. XXII [1622]. Folio, contemporary full limp vellum; [4], 81 [i.e. 82, 1], 9, 11 ff; title leaf with printer’s device and early ownership signatures; second title leaf with engraved vignette illustrations; 5 copper engraved illustrations (lacking the portrait of Le Maire, present in some copies but not called for in the list of plates) and 17 double-page engraved maps; front free endpaper roughened at bottom edge and with short tear at fore-edge; occasional spotting, some browning at bottom margins of first section, mild damp staining to fore-edge margins of last few leaves; a very good copy; housed in a custom cloth covered clamshell box, the calf spine with raised bands and red morocco label in gilt.

Contents: I.Antonij de Herrera, Indiae Occidentalis descriptio.–II.Historia navigationis australis ductu & moderamine Iacobi le Maire institutae.–III. Descriptio omnium quotquot in hunc usque diem per Fretum Magellanicum institutae sunt navigationum.–IV.Itinerarium Indiae Occidentalis auctore Petro de Cevallos, presbytero, ex Hispanico latinitate donatum.–V.Descriptio Americae excerpta ex Tabulis geographicis P. Bertij.

The first edition in Latin of all three works. The Amsterdam printer, Michel Colin, published collected editions of the three works in Dutch, Latin and French in 1622. Le Maire’s Historia navigationis australis (in Dutch, Spieghel der Australische navigatie) contains the first complete published account of the circumnavigation by the Le Maire-Schouten expedition in search of Terra Australis (1615-1617), which was the first to discover and round Cape Horn. Le Maire’s alternative route to the East Indies managed to avoid using the Cape of Good Hope or the Straits of Magellan, and thus did not contravene the Dutch East India Company’s charter which stipulated that no other Dutch trading company could use those two particular routes to reach the East Indies. Herrera’s Indiae Occidentalis descriptio had first been published in Spanish in 1601 (Descripcion de las Indias Occidentales), but Colin’s 1622 editions provided the public with a revised and expanded version of this important work by the official historian to the royal court of Spain. It contains numerous significant early maps of Central and South America and the Pacific Coast.

Medina, BHA 455n; Sabin 31540