Cornelius Wytfliet

Cornelius Wytfliet . Descriptionis Ptolemaicæ avgmentvm. Douai, 1603

Cornelius Wytfliet . Descriptionis Ptolemaicæ avgmentvm. Douai, 1603.

This is the first atlas devoted exclusively to the Americas. It was produced by Flemish cartographer Cornelius Wytfliet and first published in 1597 in Louvain, 1597 as a supplement to Ptolemy’s Geographia. Wytfliet intended the work to document the parts of the globe unknown to Ptolemy. Dedicated to King Philip III of Spain, it covers the history of the first European encounters with the New World, its geography and its natural history. The atlas contains many noteworthy maps including the first printed map devoted to California.