Auction 157, Lot 17

Pirated Edition of Speed's Map of the World

"A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to ye Truest Descriptions Latest Discoveries & Best Observations yt Have Beene Made by English or Strangers", Walton, Robert

Subject: World

Period: 1659 (published)

Publication: History of the World

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.6 x 15.5 inches
52.3 x 39.4 cm

This beautiful double-hemispheric world map is a close copy of John Speed's map, and was first published separately by Robert Walton. Speed's map is considered one of the earliest published world maps to be printed in English, and is the first atlas map to show the cartographic curiosity of California as an island, which persisted for nearly 100 years. It was also one of the first to show the settlement of New Plymouth. The coastline in North America is blank east of California and swings wildly to the west in the northern regions of Canada and Alaska. The Straits of Magellan are inaccurately shown and Tierra de Fuego is left open to the west. The Southerne Unknowne Land shows the large conjectured continent covering much of the southern hemisphere. The map is beautifully engraved and highly detailed throughout. This highly decorative production is surrounded by two celestial hemispheres, figural allegorical representations of Water, Earth, Air and Fire, plus portraits of Ferdinand Magellan, Oliver vander Noort, Thomas Cavendish and Sir Francis Drake. The corners are filled with an astronomical table, an armillary sphere, and eclipses of the sun and moon. With several lengthy notes including comments on the South Pole and the Straits of Magellan, Sir Francis Drake and others.

The first state of this map includes Walton's imprint, however his imprint was erased for this later edition, which was published in the English translation of Denis Petau's History of the World.

References: Shirley #397.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a clean, bright sheet with narrow margins.

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Unsold

Closed on 5/4/2016

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