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N.,N. America: or an exact Description of the West-Indies: more especially of those Provinces which are under the Dominion of the King of Spain. London: Ric. Hodgkinsonne for Edw. Dod 1655. 2 parts in one, 8vo, 130 x 89 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/16 in.), early eighteenth-century speckled calf, spine gilt, red morocco gilt-lettered label, lower cover detached, extremities worn, first title border, some page numerals and signature letters cropped, map very slightly browned along one fold. FIRST EDITION, title to each part within typographic border, folding engraved map of the Western Hemisphere by Jodocus Hondius after Gerard Mercator, 155 x 197 mm. (6 1/16 x 7¾ in.), showing California as a peninsula (Burden 153). JCB(3) II: 453; Church 542; Sabin 51678; Streeter sale I, 42 (noting author as "Thomas Peake?"); Wing N-26.
The title-leaf is apparently a cancel; Church notes three variants of which this is the third. The map (unnumbered) is Jodocus Hondius's reduced version of Mercator's Americas map, first published in the Hondius-Mercator Atlas Minor in 1607 and frequently reprinted thereafter, including in various English publications (see Burden). The book treats the early voyages, both Spanish and English, to the New World. The first part contains much on the commodities of America while the second comprises extensive descriptions of its regions. Both parts concentrate on Spanish possessions with a view to increasing Britain's political and commercial sphere of influence.
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