AMERICA WITH THOSE KNOWN PARTS IN THAT UNKNOWN WORLDE BOTH PEOPLE AND MANNER OF BUILDINGS DISCRIBED AND INLARGED BY I.S. ANO. 1626.

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John Speed


America with those known parts in that unknown worlde both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged by I.S. Ano. 1626.

Copper plate engraving. 1626, (1676.)
15 1/8 x 20" (385 x 506 mm) plus narrow margins.
Good condition save for tear in lower portion of image just left of the centerfold. Early twenty century hand coloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 43658
Price: $5,750.00
Publisher : Published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell.
This is a quite decorative and highly desirable map of the Americas. It appeared in Speed's atlas Prospect of the Most Formed Parts of the World, the first English world atlas, although the copperplates were engraved by Abraham Goos in Amsterdam, the center of the European map trade. This was the first map published in an atlas that depicted California not as a peninsula, but as an island, a cartographic misconception that endured for nearly 100 years. The map has a fairly accurate rending of the East Coast, especially between Chesapeake Bay and Cape Cod. Many English colonies appear on the map, including Plymouth in the northeast and Iames Citti in Virginia. The northwest coastline is very faint. Surrounding this map on two sides are images of indigenous peoples found from Greenland to the Straits of Magellan. The figures on the left represent natives from the north, while figures on the right side are southern natives. Eight town views appear on top. Although the map depicts the English presence in North America, surprisingly none of the town views are English colonies. Rather, they show important early views of Havana, St. Domingo, and Rio, among others. An inset map shows Greenland, Baffin's Bay and Iceland. On the verso is a two-page English text "The Description of America". Fourth state of four. Maps

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