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Antique Map Auction Sale No. 108 - closed 9/29/2004

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Lot #77: "America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde " John Speed

Antique map chart America with those known parts in that unknowne worl
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$8,500.00 - $9,500.00
Sold for: $8,000.00

Lot 77
By: John Speed
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Date: 1626

Publication: Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

Condition: A
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Color: hand color

Size: 20 x 15.2 inches
50.8 x 38.6 cm

First state of the definitive English map of the Americas and the earliest folio atlas map to depict California as an island; propagating one of the most enduring cartographic myths. It is also significant for its accurate depiction of the coast between Chesapeake and Cape Cod, and early portrayal of the English colonies Iames Citti and Plymouth. The spurious islands of Brasil and Frisland still appear in the Atlantic. An inset map shows Greenland and Iceland. The map is the superb workmanship of the Dutch engraver, Abraham Goos. Decorated in the popular carte-a-figures style with panels of costumed native figures at each side and vignettes of major cities at top. The figures at left represent the native people of North America, and at right the major South American tribes. The cities illustrated include Havana, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Cusco, and other important South American settlements. A number of sea monsters, flying fish and sailing ships also decorate the map. Imprint of G. Humble, English text on verso, published in 1631.

Nice impression with attractive later color. Couple of very insignificant spots with minor repairs in margins.

Ref: Burden #217; McLaughlin #3; Tooley (Amer) p113, #3.

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