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Auction 92, Lot 69

"Americae Nova descriptio", Seile, Anae

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1663 (dated)

Publication: Heylin's Cosmography (1666)

Color: Black & White

13.4 x 16.5 inches
34 x 41.9 cm
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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. $1,300 RESERVE

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

Condition: A

A bit of spotting in the Pacific Ocean, but overall very good - as this map is commonly found with poor margins and damage from miss-folding.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/13/2000