The Fourth Part of the World - 1562
Map titled: " A modern and quite precise depiction of America ( or the Fourth part of the World)
By: Diego Gutierrez
In 1554, the Spanish crown commissioned Diego Guiterrez, then the principle cartographer to the King of Spain in the Casa de la Contratacion, to create a world map of the Western part of the world, then usually referred to as the "Fourth part of the world". This map was to allow Spain to claim territories in the new world, and most importantly, to compete with other superpowers like Portugal and France. In the style of the famous engraver Hieronymus Cock, the map exhibits beautiful artistic flourishes and embellishments, such as the coat of arms of the world's superpowers, a snake-like Amazon River that winds across the northern part of South America, mermaids and mythical monsters at sea, and an elephant, rhinoceros, and lion on the western coast of Africa. Most interestingly this is the first time the word “California” appear on any printed map. Only two copies of the map are known to exist: one from the collections of the Library of Congress, and another in the British Library.
Prints: Museum quality prints on thick and durable matte paper which are acid free. They are made to last longer than the antique posters themselves.
Canvas: Ploy-cotton blend canvas that are about 20 millimeter thick and are fade resistant. They are professionally hand stretched and glued to solid wooden bars and are treated with a matte finish coating.
Frames: Light weight and durable frames with acrylite front protector that are shatter proof and optically pure.
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