GIRAVA, HIERONYMUS. D.1556.
Typo de la carta cosmographica de Gaspar Vopellio Medeburgense. [Milan: 1556.] Woodcut map, 305 x 422 mm (sheet size). Left margin trimmed close, tiny repair in lower margin, else fine.
A VERY RARE AND STRIKING CORDIFORM WORLD MAP, WITH AN UNUSUAL CONFIGURATION OF THE AMERICAS. The heart-shaped projection follows Waldseemüller's world map of 1507, but the geography is very unlike: North America ("Nueva España") 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. Shirley 101.