[Amsterdam, n.d. c.1671.]
Copper engraving with large margins. Plate 285 x 178mm. 11¼ z 7". Chip in paper lower left.
Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci, for whom America is named. He is seen here holding a set of calipers, atlas and compass, with a globe before him. A celestial globe appears above and a ship, presumably from his epocryphal voyage, over his shoulder. Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer. The Americas are generally believed to have derived their name from the feminised Latin version of his first name.
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