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Auction 189, Lot 62

One of the Rare Antique Maps Published Exclusively by a Woman

"Americae Nova Descriptio", Seile, Anae

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1663 (dated)

Publication: Cosmography in Four Books...

Color: Black & White

16.4 x 13.3 inches
41.7 x 33.8 cm
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This map of the Americas is based on Henry Seile's map of 1652 (Anae's husband). For unknown reasons, after Henry's death his plates passed to his business partner, Philip Chetwind. Lacking the original plates, Anae enlisted Robert Vaughan to engrave this 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 features no Great Lakes. The region west of New Mexico is labeled Quivira, and the mythical city of Cibola is identfied. In South America, two spurious lakes, Parime and Eupana, are located. The phantom islands of Frisland, I. dos Demonias, and Brasil appear in the North Atlantic. The map is decorated with a title cartouche, sea monsters, and sailing ships.

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

Condition: B

Issued folding, now flat, on a sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark, minor offsetting, and faint dampstaining at top. A small chip at top right has been repaired with archival materials, with a tiny amount of image loss. There is a binding trim at bottom right that has been replaced with old paper, and an associated 3" binding tear and a few edge tears that have all been archivally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/14/2022