Auction 93, Lot 192

"Europae Descriptio Nova", Seile, Anae

Subject: Europe

Period: 1663 (dated)

Publication: Heylin's Cosmography

Color: Black & White

16.5 x 13.1 inches
41.9 x 33.3 cm

This map was first made by Henry Seile in 1652. After his death, his widow Anne continued the business and had the maps re-engraved by Robert Vaughan for her own edition of Heylin's Cosmography. The map covers all of Europe in great detail and includes Iceland and the mythical island of Frisland. This non-existent island led to considerable confusion in the mapping of Greenland and Baffin Island in the following centuries. The starkly mapped region of Russia includes some interesting notations. A sea battle, sea monsters and a decorative title cartouche make this an attractive map.


Condition: B

Surface soil in borders and some repaired short tears. Map has been professionally backed with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/6/2000