1508 Ruysch Map
One of the first maps of the new world, made by Johannes Ruysch using a polar projection. It includes an extensive view of South America, islands of the West Indies, and a portion of North America. The World Map from Ruysch appeared for the first time among the Tabulae Novae in some copies of the 1507 Rome edition of Ptolemy's Geography. Ruysch's map illustrates a number of significant geographic features more accurately than before, particularly along the easterly sea route to the Orient, which was of prime importance to early sixteenth-century Europeans.