"A New Map of Sarmatia Europaea Pannonia and Dacia…", Wells, Edward
Subject: Southeastern Europe
Period: 1700 (published)
Publication: A New Sett of Maps…
Color: Hand Color
20 x 14.8 inches
50.8 x 37.6 cm
This boldly engraved map delineates the land of ancient Sarmatia, Pannonia, and Dacia, extending from Hungary through the Ukraine. The map shows the locations of ancient cities and fills the large blank areas with scattered forests. The map is nicely decorated with figures and putti supporting the distance scale and key, and a large title cartouche incorporating the dedication to, and coat of arms of, William, Duke of Gloucester. Engraved by Benjamin Cole. This is the first state, without a plate number. Wells (1667-1727) was a mathematician, geographer and professor at Oxford, where he taught the young Duke of Gloucester. All the maps in Wells' atlas were dedicated to William who had always been sickly and died in July 1700.
This is a spectacular example on heavy hand laid paper with dark, early impression and fine hand coloring. There is a light toned area in the lower left margin, otherwise fine.