Tross map gores, 16th century

Tross map gores, 16th century

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Credit: Rare Book Division/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tross map gores. 16th-century set of 12 map gores showing the geography of the Earth, found inserted into an atlas by German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller (c.1470-1520). Map gores were intended to be placed on a globe to produce a three-dimensional world map. It is thought that these gores were produced by Louis Boulengier of Albi. The original Waldseemuller gores of 1507 contained the first use of the name America (lower right) to refer to the New World. The map title is in Latin across bottom: Universalis cosmographie descriptio tam in solido quem plano.

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