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1659 A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to ye Truest Descriptions...

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A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to ye Truest Descriptions Latest Discoveries & Best Observations yet have beene Made by English or Strangers

By: Robert Walton

Date: 1659 (Published) London

Dimensions: 15 x 20.5 inches (39.5 cm x 52 cm)

This is a fine example of the second state of Robert Walton’s scarce map of the world, based upon the original work of John Speeds 1627 map. 

The primary difference between the Walton and Speed's map is the placement of the allegorical figures. In this map, Earth and Water appear at the bottom whereas they appear at the top of the map in Speed’s version. Just as with Speed’s map, California is shown as an island, just below an elongated Northwest Coast of America that extends sharply west.

Terra del Fuego is shown to be possibly connected to the great southern continent know in this map as Magallanica, whose coastline is lightly engraved is some areas and conveniently interrupted by two informational cartouches. The Great Lakes of North America have yet to appear along with the islands of Australia and New Zealand. Japan is depicted as an amorphous blob, situated just off the coasts of North America and the island of Korea. In the northern Atlantic, the false island of Frisland appears just southeast of Greenland.

The first edition of Walton's map, engraved in 1656, included his name and address at the end of the title.  This edition, which appeared circa 1659, removes Walton’s imprint. Shirley recognizes this map as being scarce, “infrequently found, but which now and then may be available on the open market.”   

Condition: This map is in A condition. With some narrow margins but no loss to the image. Some browning appears along the folds, else very fine.

Inventory #10864

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