Sotheby’s: Rare map of Australia found in Italian home is worth a fortune …

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“A RARE map of Australia that survived for more than 350 years is reshaping what we understand about early European exploration of our continent.
The rare 17th-Century wall map was rediscovered in a private home in Italy where it is believed to have remained since the late 19th-Century.
According to Sotheby’s, it is the very first map to call Australia “Nova Hollandia” and is “extremely rare”.
“The map is possibly one of two known surviving copies in this state. Its rarity and academic significance adds to the value,” Sotheby’s spokesperson for Books and Manuscripts, Cecilie Gasseholm, told news.com.au.
The circa-1659 creation is set to go under the hammer for a whopping estimated price of between $A320,000 — $400,000 under auction in London.
It is the first to put Tasmania on the map, quite literally, following the findings of Abel Janszoon Tasman during his explorations in 1642-1643 and 1644.”

A RARE map of Australia that survived for more than 350 years is reshaping what we understand about early European exploration of our continent.

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