Cosmography In Foure Books ...
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"Cosmography, In Four Books. Contayning The Chorographie & Historie Of The Whole World, And All The Principall Kingdomes Provinces Seas And Isles Thereof... The 5th Edition Corrected & Inlarged By The Author ... London Printed For Anne Seile, 1677". Folio. Engraved Tp, with four folding maps of each of the known continents. The printed title appears in red and black Rebound in full calf and new endapers, the pages are age toned. The maps of each continent are in the series begun in 1652 by Henry Seile for earlier editions of "Cosmography...", and which include a distinctive map of the New World showing California as an island. The volume ends with "An Appendix To The Former Work, Endeavouring Of A Discovery Of The Unknown Parts Of The World." Publisher's advertisement at the very end of the volume is by way of apology to the reader for inconsistency in the page numbering system! A fascinating explanation of the state of geographic knowledge at this time. It is interesting to note the imprint of Anna Seile on each map, widow of Henry and one of the few women to be involved in the C17th map trade.
region: World Atlases
mapmakers: P. Heylyn A. Seile
place and date of publication: London 1677
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncolouredref: 39784
size in mm: 365 by 250mm (14.25 by 9.75 inches).
literature: Sabin, ... Books Relating To America, 31655.
Price: £ 1400
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