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[An early issue of the map of the English colonies of New England and New York]

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SPEED, John.
A Map of New England and New York. London: Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, 1675. Blank verso. Contemporary outline colour. 385 x 505mm. Two old repaired tears; a very fine dark impression.
An important map of the two provinces published a little over a decade after the English took New York City from the Dutch in 1664. It shows the Eastern Seaboard from Penobscot south to Delaware Bay, with the cartography taken from the Jansson/Visscher 'Belgii Novi' map, although it omits most of Chesapeake Bay as that area was detailed on another new map. Although the map is usually attributed to Speed, it was engraved by Francis Lamb for the 1676 edition of his 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World' (the first English world atlas, first published 1627), by which time Speed had been dead for nearly half a century. It was usually issued in the atlas with text printed on the reverse, however it is known that pre-atlas examples were sold from 1675 without text, as this example. BURDEN: 455, 'one of the first maps to depict the English pre-eminence in the region.
[Ref: 18606]    £9,500.00 ($11,856 • €10,764 rates)

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