This desirable and beautiful double-hemispheric world map and is considered by many to be one of the earliest published world maps to be printed in English. It is the first atlas map to show California as an island and also one of the first to show the settlement of New Plymouth. The coastline in North America around the tip of California is either blank or exceedingly to the west as it approaches Alaska. The Straits of Magellan are inaccurately shown. The Southerne Unknowne Land shows the large continent covering much of the southern hemisphere – a combination of Australia and Antarctica of today. North East Asia isn’t fully explored yet by Westerners and consequently Kamchatka is largely missing and Japan is misshaped. This highly decorative production is surrounded by two celestial hemispheres, figural allegorical representations of Water, Earth, Air and Fire, plus 4 portraits. The map is beautifully engraved, highly detailed throughout is dated 1626 but published through 1632.
1626 Speed's World Map
A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to ye Truest Descriptions Lastest Discoveries & Best Observations yt Have Beene Made by English or Strangers
Map Maker Specifics
J Speed, 1626 c., London
15.5 X 20.5 in; framed: 22.5 X 27 in.
Excellent - Very Good. Very nice hand color. Slight toning, and slight foxing. Small marginal losses. Issued centerfold. Matted. Framed.