Peter H. Meurer:
Six maps of the West Coast of Africa from the Waldseemüller school
Cartographica Helvetica 45 (2012) 15–26
The Austrian National Library in Vienna preserves a unique copy of Fracanzano de Montalboddo's Itinerarium Portugallensium (Milan 1508). It is enriched by a series of six undated and unsigned woodcut maps: a world map and five maps of the west coast of Africa illustrating the expeditions of Alvise Cadamosto (1455/56) and Pedro de Sintra (1463). Detailed analyses of style and content classify this set as proof prints for the never-published edition of Itineraria which was planned already by Martin Waldseemüller. Some surviving letters indicate that this project was taken up again around 1520/25 by the Strasbourg publisher Johannes Grüninger in cooperation with Laurent Fries.
Waldseemüller may have been the author of the first drafts of the maps. The final version, however, can be attributed only to Laurent Fries. Also this second Strasbourg attempt towards an anthology of travel records was never published. Nevertheless, the idea was pursued by Johann Huttich and realized in the Novus orbis regionum (Basel 1532).