Item #3214 A Map of Virginia and Maryland. John Speed.

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A Map of Virginia and Maryland

London: Sold by Thomas Basset in Fleet Street and Richard Chiswell in St. Paul’s Church yard, [1676]. Hand-colored copperplate engraving, 14.875” x 19.5” plus margins.

A handsomely colored example of the first state of Speed’s fine map of Virginia and Maryland, engraved by Francis Lamb, one of several maps of North American subjects first introduced into The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britiain in the 1676 edition.

As noted by Burden, this was the first map to incorporate information from Augustine Hermann’s Virginia and Maryland As it is Planted and Inhabited this present Year 1670, a landmark map of the region. While the general outlines of the map are taken from John Smith’s map of 1612, much of the toponomy derives from Hermann, as well as the representation of Delaware Bay, which did not appear on Smith’s map, and a more accurate depiction of the northeastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. With very interesting text on the verso condensed from John Ogilby’s America of 1671.


REFERENCES: Burden 456.


CONDITION: Very good, expertly filled small hole in cartouche with no effect on printed area, pencil date added to cartouche.

Item #3214

Price: $6,500.00

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