A new and accurat map of the world


A new and accurat map of the world

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Title:
A new and accurat map of the world
Description:
Reflecting the artistic style of his Dutch colleagues, English historian and mapmaker, John Speed, published this beautiful double hemisphere world map for inclusion in his world atlas. It was one of the earliest maps to show California as an island as well as the settlement of New Plymouth, which was founded in 1620. The map's decorative elements include vignettes of the four elements, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, with symbolic human figures, and northern and southern celestial hemispheres. There are also diagrams of eclipses and an Earth-centered universe. Flanking the hemispheres are the portraits of four influential circumnavigators: Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, and van de Noort.
Creator:
Speed, John, 1552?-1629
Name on Item:
drawne according to ye truest descriptions latest discoveries & best observations yt have beene made by English or strangers, 1626.
Date:
1626
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Private Collection
Collection (local):
Mapping Boston Collection
Subjects:
World maps--Early works to 1800
Places:
World
Publisher:
[London] : Are to be sold in pops-head Alle by Geor. Humble
Notes:
Relief shown pictorially.
Text on verso: The generall description of the world.
Appears in Speed's A prospect of the most famous parts of the world. London. 1627.
Extent:
1 map : hand col. ; 2 hemispheres each 25 cm. in diam. on sheet 40 x 52 cm.
Scale:
Scale: ca. 1:50,000,000.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_001148
Barcode:
39999052507637
Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
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