C1700
 (1701)

A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the latest and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans.

Superb double hemisphere world map embellished with a view of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, sages in discussion and four figures representing Europe, Asia and the Americas, astride the royal coat of arms. The map is dedicated to His Highness … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the latest and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans.

Date:

C1700
 (1701)

Engraver:

Michael Burghers 
(1647 – 
1727)

Condition:

Some creasing, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

370mm 
x 510mm

Paper Size: 

580mm 
x 460mm
AUTHENTICITY
A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the latest and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans. - Antique Map from 1700

Genuine antique
dated:

1701

Description:

Superb double hemisphere world map embellished with a view of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, sages in discussion and four figures representing Europe, Asia and the Americas, astride the royal coat of arms. The map is dedicated to His Highness William, the Duke of Gloucester. The Duke was attending Oxford where Wells was a teacher of mathematics and geography.  Engraved by Michael Burghers

Wells included this world map in the second edition of his atlas, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography, published in 1701 which is  identified by the addition of the number ‘2’ below the title. It is one of the last maps to depict California as an Island. The northwest coast of North America is left blank and North America is noted as perhaps being “no other, than the Insular Atlantis of the Ancients.” The eastern coastline of Australia and a portion of the the New Zealand coastline is shown according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages in 1742-1744.

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

References:
Moreland, C. & Bannister, D. Antique Maps. London 1995: p.163, ill. p.164.
Shirley, R. The Mapping of the World Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700. London 1987: 609, p.605, ill. Pl 420, p.604.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 587951
National Library New Zealand: MapColl 100a 1722? 42929

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.

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