7 December 2015
SPEED, John (1552-1629). A New and Accurat Map of the World. [London:] Theodor Bassett, dated 1651 .
Engraved hand-colored twin-hemisphere map of the world, image 410 x 521 mm (434 x 545 mm sheet), decorative borders incorporating polar celestial hemispheres, medallion portraits of the first four circumnavigators (Magellan, Drake, Cavendish and Van Noort), allegorical figures of the four elements, and diagrams of solar and lunar eclipses, English text on verso (some minor staining).
Twin-hemisphere map of the world, state 4 with the Tho. Bassett imprint, from Speed's Prospect of the most famous Parts of the World first published in 1627. The engraver may have been Abraham Goos, who engraved other maps in the Prospect. The map is principally based on William Grent's world map of the previous year and on Jodocus Hondius's world map of 1617. Shirley 317; Tooley, "California as an island", in The Mapping of America, 2.
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