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A New And Accurat Map Of The World / Europ / Africae / America / Asia

A New And Accurat Map Of The World / Europ / Africae / America / Asia : J. Speed

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John Speed's maps of the World and each continent are among the best known cartographic images of any period. "The Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World", in which these maps appeared was the first world atlas produced in England by an Englishman and, although derivative in many areas, was the first to propound the insular theory of California as shown in both the World and the America maps. The World map is a tour-de-force of detail and decoration, including portraits of Magellan, Drake, Cavendish and Van Noort. Each continent is the first English "Carte a figures" of that region, bordered with panels of costumed figures and topped with city views. Each map has descriptive English text on the verso. As often found there are minor marginal and central repairs but, overall, a very good and attractive set of these sought-after maps. In addition to the portraits shown on the World map, there are diagrams illustrating astronomical and scientific phenomena, mythological figures representing the four elements, fire, earth, air and water, and a pair of celestial speheres. The map of Europe has an upper border with plans of London - actually wrongly engraved in reverse, Paris, Rome, Constantinople, Venice, Prague, Amsterdam and Lisbon. The panelled side-borders display costumed figures - an Eng. Woman, Venetian, Germane, Polonian, Hungarian, Spainyard, Fren. Woman, Belgian, Bohemia Wom, and Graecian. Africa has an upper border of Tangier, Ceuta, Alger, Tunis, Alexandria, AlCair (Cairo), Mozambique and Canaria. The side panels, Marocchian, Senagensian, Guinea, Congensis, Aegyptian, Abissinian, Mozambiquean, Madagascar, Cape of Good Hope. Asia has an upper border of Candy, Goa, Damascus, Ierusalem, Ormus, Bantam, Aden and Macao. Side borders of Asyrian Wom, An Arabian, Armenian Wo, Sumatran, Balaguatan, Iavan, Moluccan, Chinean, Moscovian, and Tartarian. America has images of Havan, S.Domingo, Cartage, Mexico, Cusco, Moca, R.Ianero, and Olinda. At each side, portraits of people from Groenland, Virginian, Florida, Mexico, Newe England, Peruviane, Brasiliane, Mochan, and Magellanicum.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1627-1676
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 390 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 41444

Price: £ 37500

 
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