C1704

A New Map of North America Shewing its Principal Divisions, Chief Cities, Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c.

Attractive and scarce map fully hand coloured example of Edward Wells map of north America. An elaborate title at top left contains a dedication to His Highness William the Duke of Gloucester, the Royal Crest and a scale of Miles. The … Read Full Description

Sold

Sold

Free Shipping

Within Australia

All orders ship free
within Australia

Rest of the World

Orders over A$300
ship free worldwide

See Shipping page for Terms & Conditions

Details

Full Title:

A New Map of North America Shewing its Principal Divisions, Chief Cities, Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c.

Date:

C1704

Engraver:

Michael Burghers 

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

500mm 
x 370mm

Paper Size: 

580mm 
x 460mm
AUTHENTICITY
A New Map of North America Shewing its Principal Divisions, Chief Cities, Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c. - Antique Map from 1704

Genuine antique
dated:

1704

Description:

Attractive and scarce map fully hand coloured example of Edward Wells map of north America.

An elaborate title at top left contains a dedication to His Highness William the Duke of Gloucester, the Royal Crest and a scale of Miles. The scale bears the name, According to Vulgar Computation or According to Norwood’s Computation. Richard Norwood was a noted mathematician and surveyor of the seventeenth century. The Duke of Gloucester, son of Queen Anne, was attending Oxford where Wells was a teacher of mathematics and geography. Wells included this map in the second edition of his atlas, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography and which is identified by the addition of the map number 39 below the title.

Wells has added or made changes to the regions of English and French control, such as; Magdalen R. which is shortened, leaving S. Fe on the banks of a river flowing south-west into the Gulf of California. An insular California is proudly claimed as NEW ALBION discovered by Sir Francis Drake Anno 1577. He identifies the region to the north as PARTS AS YET UNKNOWN. The Mississippi, valley is drawn from Hennepin and he credits the discoveries in the north to him. He adds new sources shown by the addition of the New French Settlement on the Gulf of Mexico which relates to d’Iberville’s newly founded colony at Biloxi settled earlier in 1699. Further westward a legend marks the presence of Francisco Coronado in 1540. The most notable alteration in the Mississippi valley region is the Ohio River, where the name Hotico R. is added and is curiously shown flowing through the Apalachin M. which stretchs from the east all the way to Mexico.

References; Burden 758, ill. pl. 757, p. 477, Moreland p.163

From Wells, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID3547071

Edward Wells (1667 - 1727)

Wells was the son of Edward Wells, the Vicar of Corsham, Wiltshire. Educated at Westminster School from 1680. He won a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford in 1686 where he graduated with a MA in 1693 and went on to have a turbulent career in the ministry. Wells was a prolific writer translating several religious and secular Latin and Greek works into English. He also wrote on astronomy, chronology, arithmetic and geometry, although his best known work is his atlas, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography first issued in 1700.

View other items by Edward Wells

Choose currency

Exchange rates are only indicative. All orders will be processed in Australian dollars. The actual amount charged may vary depending on the exchange rate and conversion fees applied by your credit card issuer.

Login

Register

The List

Join our exclusive mailing list for first access to new acquisitions and special offers.