Copper engraving with probably later, but not modern, hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 55.1cms x 42.5cms. Image size: 493mm x 377mm. Lovely example with large margins; 2.5cm hairline crack at bottom centrefold not reaching neatline, little browning and and odd mark to margin; extreme bottom right margin edge a little chipped barely worth mentioning , couple of short tears extreme top margin and repair to extreme left corner tip else excellent. Engraved by Francis Lamb , this map appeared in the final , 1676, edition of John Speed's A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World. Based in part upon the John Smith map of Virginia of 1612, taking much of the topographical information from that source however place names and many feature names are taken from the more current 1673 map of the region by Augustine Herman which showed a more or less continuous pattern of settlement on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay area, but very little in the interior. This shows how little was yet known of eastern North America beyond the Fall Line even after more than fifty years of English colonization and the waves of immigration from England and continental Europe between 1649 and 1660 during the Commonwealth. (see The Mapping of North America by John Goss). Stunning map.
|Map maker||Speed, John|
|Publisher||Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswell|
|Published at year||1676|
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