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Detailed map of the Atlantic and contiguous coastlines, which was prepared to illustrate the Dutch Account of Girolamo Benzoni's voyage to America in 1541.
Benzoni (born Milan ca 1519) travelled to America in 1541, visiting the Caribbean, Isthmus of Panama, Guatemala and the west coast of South America, before returning to Spain in 1556. His Historia del Mondo Nuovo (Venice 1565) was dedicated to Pope Pius IV.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.
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