RARE ENGLISH MAP OF JAMAICA BY JOHN SELLER
Novissima et Accuratissima Insulae Jamaicae. Descriptio per Johannem Sellerum...
13 3/4” x 21 1/4”. Original hand color. Paper toned, side margins trimmed, a few small wormholes upper center. Overall a reasonable example of a rare map.
An example of John Seller’s highly desirable map of Jamaica. Based on a map by John Man, surveyor general of Jamaica from 1661 to 1671, the cartographic elements include locations of settlements, bays, and rivers, degrees of latitude and longitude, banks, soundings, and some topographical details. Settlements are marked and lettered for identification in large key lower right. The map contains some striking decorative imagery including the coat of arms of Jamaica flanked by native Americans wearing feathered garments, a dedicatory cartouche to Jos. Williamson with coat of arms, and a number of ships, sea monsters, giant alligators, a man shooting a buffalo, pineapple, various coats of arms, cherubim, and large vignette of a woman holding a cornucopia and the English royal coat of arms.
Kapp, The Printed Maps of Jamaica..., #15 (state 2); JCB Archive of Early American Images, #9772-6; Blake, The Sea Chart, p. 113.
Inventory No. 7823