London, South Kensington
16 November 2004
GREENE, Robert. A New Mapp of the World, [London:] "at the Rose & Crowne in Budg Row", . Engraved twin-hemisphere map, hand-coloured in outline. (Trimmed close to engraved frame, shaved at lower sides, a few clean tears, stained on verso.) 432 x 542mm.
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE. Shirley 476: "Robert Greene was a minor map-seller who is best known for his co-publication of John Adams' large road map of England and Wales in 1677. The map ... bears Greene's name and his address at the Rose & Crown in Budge Row where he is known to have resided from early 1675 until his death in 1688. He placed an advertisement for a 'New Map of the World' in the Term Catalogues for May 1676. The geographical details on his world map have been taken from current Dutch sources; in the corners are contemporarily costumed figures personifying the four continents. Local background is provided by rustic scenes of hunting or (in the case of America) of cannibalism. Greene's map is rare, and I have only come across two copies: one in the British Library, unfortunately cropped along the top and sides, and another from a private collection in Yorkshire. This latter example ... is in fine condition and was sold at Sotheby's on 1 December 1983, lot 219" (where it sold for £2,000).
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