Martin Waldseemuller / Lorenz Fries, 1522

Very rare first issue of this early map of America. The most interesting difference between the Waldseemuller and Fries renderings is that Fries revives Columbus’ use of Parias for North America, using it to designate all of the mainland above the Caribbean, rather than in South America. The map charts a continuous coastline between North and South America, with the shoulder of South America being the map's single largest feature.