Auction 119, Lot 84

"Americae Descriptio Nova", Seile, Henry

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1666 (dated)

Publication: Cosmography

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 13.3 inches
41.9 x 33.8 cm

Boldly engraved map of the Americas based on the work of Abraham Goos for John Speed. It depicts California as an island with many names and islands surrounding it, no Great Lakes and a faint allusion to the northwest coast of North America. On the east coast, Norumbega, Maryland, No: Belgium, and Long Ile are named. South America has the fictitious Parim and Eupana lakes, as well as dramatic river systems and many place names. The map is decorated with a title cartouche, sea monsters, and sailing ships. This is the third state, issued by Philip Chetwind for Peter Heylin with his imprint replacing Seile's.

References: Burden #308; McLaughlin #13-3 & 39; Tooley (Amer) p.115, #13.

Condition: B

Nice, sharp impression and attractive color. There is an old repair on a 2.5" binding tear at right, and the side margins have been extended. There are two very small wormholes and a fold separation in map. These flaws are not distracting, and the map would frame very nicely.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $900

Closed on 5/9/2007