A RARE EARLY WORLD MAP TO SHOW PENNSYLVANIA

 

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AUTHOR:

LEA, PHILIP

TITLE:

A New Mapp of the World

CONDITION:

17-1/2” x 21”. Colored. Repairs at lower centerfold, overall good condition.

DATE:

London, c. 1686

DESCRIPTION:

The first and only state of a rare hemispheric world map. Philip Lea was one of late seventeenth century London’s most important map publishers. This map was separately issued, and also appeared in the composite atlases that Lea issued on special order. It is listed in Lea’s 1687 sales catalog, but not that of 1685. It is an early world map to show Pennsylvania (founded 1681). Lea delineates the Great Lakes in a curious form, with a large lake “Nipisirtius” flowing into a “Canada R.” (St. Lawrence), and a string of smaller independent lakes extending south almost as far as Virginia. California is an island.

The main hemispheres are surrounded by ten celestial insets based on the work of Cassini and Robert Hooke. At upper center is an inset of
The Face of the Sun; at lower center The Face of the Moon. According to Shirley, depicting the heavens in this way was an important innovation of English world maps of this period (Mapping of the World, p. xxxviii).

REFERENCES:

Shirley, The Mapping of the World, 535; Pritchard & Taliaferro, Degrees of Latitude, p. 322-323.

Inventory No. 8560

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