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A New And Accurat Map Of The World ...

A New And Accurat Map Of The World ... : J.Speed

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From the first world atlas produced in England, this sought-after map is, in its first edition of 1627, the earliest world map generally available to show the famous misconception of California as an island. This example is the rare third state with the imprint of Roger Rea the Elder. The plate is remarkable for the mass of decoration and information including allegorical figures representing the four elements - Water, Earth, Fire and "Aire" - as well as diagrams of the "Heavens and Elements", eclipses, celestial hemispheres and portraits of the circumnavigators Drake, Cavendish, Magellan and Van Noort. John Speed's map is a compendium of information; it shows a prominent "Southerne Unknowne Land" described as home to "The Atlantic and many other curiosities. Here with some expert restoration to areas of paper weakness including the addition of protective margins and paper reinforcement where necessary, this is one of the best known and most important of English world maps.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: J.Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1627-1662
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 390 x 510
ref: 35836
literature: Shirley, Mapping Of The World, 317.

Price: £ 7500

 
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