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Auction 113, Lot 330

"A New Map of South America, Shewing it's General Divisions, Chief Cities & Towns; Rivers, Mountains &c.", Wells, Edward

Subject: South America

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: A New Sett of Maps Both of Antient and Present Geography

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.3 inches
48.3 x 36.3 cm
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Handsome map of South America with little detail except for missions and notes concerning European discoveries such as a note in Brazil that the Portuguese discovered the region about 1501 but possess "little more than the coasts; the inland parts being inhabited by Barbarous Nations who still maintain their freedom." A very large elaborate title cartouche features the British coat of arms and is dedicated to William Duke of Gloucester, who was Wells' student at Oxford. Engraved by Benjamin Cole.


Condition: B

Fine impression and lovely color. Some extraneous creases and a few tiny spots of foxing.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/7/2005