Johann Stobincza

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A specialist in metaphysics, chair of cosmography at Kracow, and later a member of the Franciscan order. Stobincza published prolifically on a range of genres including logic, grammar, astronomy, geography, mathematics, music, natural sciences, and ethics. His geographical work is an early example of Americana, and contains several passages on Amerigo Vespucci and his discoveries. The work is notable for its early description of the Isthmus of Panama, seemingly a year before its official “discovery” by Núñez de Balboa.

A preview of Stobincza's Eastern and Western hemispheres map