Fries! You are under arrest for plagiarism.
By FRIES, Lorenz; after Martin WALDSEEMÜLLER, 1525
Carta Marina Navigatoria Portugalien Navigationes: atque tocius cogniti orbis terrae marisque formae naturam situm et terminos noviter recognitos et ab antiquorum traditione differentes hec generaliter monstrat, 1525
- Author: FRIES, Lorenz; after Martin WALDSEEMÜLLER
- Publication place: [Munich
- Publisher: Ludwig Rosenthal]
- Publication date: 1525 [but c1926].
- Physical description: Facsimile map.
- Dimensions: 863 by 1485mm. (34 by 58.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 14597
After this important work, Fries went on to reproduce another of Waldseemüller’s maps, the ‘Carta Marina’, which had originally been published in 1516. Fries’ first edition was apparently completed in 1525, as shown on the present facsimile, but there is no complete extant example of that edition exists. In fact, the earliest example is from 1530, and is held at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich.
With the ‘Carta Marina’, Waldseemüller sought to present an updated and accurate conception of the world. Possibly reflecting the hand of Albrecht Dürer, it incorporates a wealth of geographical information with highly detailed topographical features illustrated across the map. By no means is all of the information presented accurate — North America is joined with Asia – but it was certainly one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive maps of the world produced at this time. Perhaps due to the controversy surrounding his earlier naming of the Western Hemisphere “America,” Waldseemüller omitted the word from the ‘Carta Marina’. Fries’ edition preserves Waldseemüller’s efforts in full, from the cartography to the historical notes that accompany it, albeit translated into German. He did, however, add an illustration of a mother and baby opossum. As with Fries’ other publications, he did not bother to credit the original cartographer.
The present facsimile was produced in Munich in the early twentieth century. It was commissioned by Ludwig Rosenthal, a German antiquarian bookseller whose stock numbered over one million books at the turn of the twentieth century.