Americo Vespucci.geb. im J. 1451 zu Florenz, gest. im J. 1514.
[German.] [n.d. c.1810.]
Engraving with large margins. Plate 140 x 89mm (5½ x 3½").
Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) the Italian merchant, explorer and cartographer. His two voyages to the east coast of South America between 1499 and 1502 led him to postulate that the Americas were a new landmass, not the East Indies as Columbus believed. The Americas are generally believed to have derived their name from the feminised Latin version of his first name. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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