Auction 96, Lot 20

"A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the Ancient Discoveries and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans", Wells, Edward

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (published)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 14.5 inches
50.8 x 36.8 cm

Double hemisphere with California as an Island. Wells, a math professor at Oxford, dedicated the map to William, Duke of Gloucester. The 13 year old Duke, heir to the throne, died a few months after the map was issued. Surrounded by engraved scenes and a decorative cartouche. North America is noted as perhaps being "no other, than the Insular Atlantis of the Ancients."


Condition: B

On thin hand-laid paper with fleur-de-lys watermark and full margins. Some old marginal repairs and one corner rough all well away from image. Marginal soiling.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $950

Closed on 9/12/2001