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Speed's map of the World 1626

Lot 0598 Details

Description
Heading: (World)
Author: Speed, John
Title: A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne according to ye truest Descriptions latest Discoveries & best Observations yt have been made by English or Strangers
Place Published: London
Publisher:George Humble
Date Published: 1626-[1632]
Description:


Copper-engraved double-hemisphere map of the world, hand-colored. 39.2x51.6 cm. (15½x20¼"),  in double-sided archival mat.



Desirable and strikingly beautiful double hemispheric world map,  based on William Grent's rare, separately issued map of 1625 (Shirley 313). It is considered one of the earliest published world maps to be printed in English, and is the first atlas map to show the cartographic curiosity of California as an island, which persisted for nearly 100 years. It was also one of the first to show the settlement of New Plymouth. The coastline in North America is blank east of California and swings wildly to the west in the northern regions of Canada and Alaska. The Straits of Magellan are inaccurately shown and Tierra de Fuego is left open to the west. The Southerne Unknowne Land shows the large conjectured continent covering much of the southern hemisphere. The map is beautifully engraved and highly detailed throughout. The engraver is unknown but Shirley believed it was most likely Abraham Goos. The map is surrounded by two celestial hemispheres, figural allegorical representations of Water, Earth, Air and Fire, plus portraits of Ferdinand Magellan, Oliver vander Noort, Thomas Cavendish and Sir Francis Drake. The corners are filled with an astronomical table, an armillary sphere, and eclipses of the sun and moon. With several lengthy notes including comments on the South Pole and the Straits of Magellan, Sir Francis Drake and others. Related English text on verso is "The generall Description of the World." Shirley says this map was not as widely disseminated as those from contemporary Dutch cartographers and was uncommon outside the UK . With the imprint of George Humble; the map is dated 1626 but it was known to be published through 1632 with this imprint.  Shirley 317.The map was purchased by the present owner from the Map House in London.

Condition
Margins extended, some neat verso repairs at centerfold; near fine, a lovely copy.
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Lot 0598 Details

Description
...
Heading: (World)
Author: Speed, John
Title: A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne according to ye truest Descriptions latest Discoveries & best Observations yt have been made by English or Strangers
Place Published: London
Publisher:George Humble
Date Published: 1626-[1632]
Description:


Copper-engraved double-hemisphere map of the world, hand-colored. 39.2x51.6 cm. (15½x20¼"),  in double-sided archival mat.



Desirable and strikingly beautiful double hemispheric world map,  based on William Grent's rare, separately issued map of 1625 (Shirley 313). It is considered one of the earliest published world maps to be printed in English, and is the first atlas map to show the cartographic curiosity of California as an island, which persisted for nearly 100 years. It was also one of the first to show the settlement of New Plymouth. The coastline in North America is blank east of California and swings wildly to the west in the northern regions of Canada and Alaska. The Straits of Magellan are inaccurately shown and Tierra de Fuego is left open to the west. The Southerne Unknowne Land shows the large conjectured continent covering much of the southern hemisphere. The map is beautifully engraved and highly detailed throughout. The engraver is unknown but Shirley believed it was most likely Abraham Goos. The map is surrounded by two celestial hemispheres, figural allegorical representations of Water, Earth, Air and Fire, plus portraits of Ferdinand Magellan, Oliver vander Noort, Thomas Cavendish and Sir Francis Drake. The corners are filled with an astronomical table, an armillary sphere, and eclipses of the sun and moon. With several lengthy notes including comments on the South Pole and the Straits of Magellan, Sir Francis Drake and others. Related English text on verso is "The generall Description of the World." Shirley says this map was not as widely disseminated as those from contemporary Dutch cartographers and was uncommon outside the UK . With the imprint of George Humble; the map is dated 1626 but it was known to be published through 1632 with this imprint.  Shirley 317.The map was purchased by the present owner from the Map House in London.

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Margins extended, some neat verso repairs at centerfold; near fine, a lovely copy.

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