New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the Ancient Discoveries and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans.
Oxford: c. 1726-38. 20 x 14.5 inches, later hand-coloring, matted, very good. Decorative and instructional double hemisphere map of the world, dedicated to William, Duke of Gloucester. This map shows California as an island, an incomplete New Holland attached to N. Guinea, and a partial New Zealand coastline with the annotation supposed to be part of ye Southern unknown Continent. Edward Wells was a tutor in mathematics and geography at Christchurch College, Oxford. This is from a set of 22 maps he dedicated to his student, William, Duke of Gloucester, who was then heir to the throne but who died only a few years after the maps were published. The maps enjoyed commercial success for their clarity and their beauty. Below the hemispheres is a dedicating vignette, with William shown with his tutor under the tree on the left, an encounter between men of the old and new worlds in the center, and geographers from various cultures under a tree on the right. In the background is Christchurch Meadow and the towers of Christchurch, Magdalen, New College and others. The engraver of the map, Michael Burghers, emigrated from Holland to England and settled in Oxford in 1673 where he became engraver to the University. See Leighly, California As An Island #117.
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