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Auction 161, Lot 61

"Americae Nova Descriptio ", Seile, Anae

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1663 (dated)

Publication: Cosmography in Four Books Containing the Chorography and History of the Whole World

Color: Black & White

16.4 x 13.3 inches
41.7 x 33.8 cm

This map of the Americas is based on Henry Seile's map of 1652. For unknown reasons, after Henry's death his plates passed to Philip Chetwind. His widow, Anae, engaged Robert Vaughan to engrave a new plate for her own publication of Heylin's Cosmography. Therefore, this is one of the few maps published exclusively by a woman, with her own imprint. The map is very similar to the earlier map, although the nomenclature of the Delaware River, Carolina and several places on the west coast have been changed. It depicts California as an Island and no Great Lakes. It is decorated with a title cartouche, sea monsters, and sailing ships.

References: Burden #379; McLaughlin #35; Tooley (America) p.115, #12.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression on paper with a fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark and faint damp stains at top. Trimmed to neatline at top, apparently by the bookbinder.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500


Closed on 2/8/2017