THE RARE THIRD STATE OF SPEED’S MAP OF AMERICA
America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged by I.S. Ano 1626... Are to be Sold by Roger Rea ye Elder and younger at ye Golden Crosse in Cornhill against ye Exchange
15 1/2” x 20”. Later hand color. Lower centerfold strengthened on verso. A strong impression in very good condition.
Third state, with the rare imprint of Roger Rea. “This desirable map is the first published in an atlas to depict California as an island, and an accurate east coast of North America, particularly between Chesapeake Bay and Cape Cod” -- Burden. The map appeared in Speed’s A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, the first general atlas of the world published in England. The fledgeling British colonies of Plymouth in New England and Jamestown (’Iames Citti’) in Virginia are both marked. The map was engraved for Speed by Abraham Goos, who “drew on his engraving of North America in 1624, and the Briggs in 1625, to depict California as an island once more. He was the only Dutch cartographer to do so for some considerable time” -- Burden. There are four known states of the map, and this 1662 third state with the imprint of Roger Rea is particularly scarce. According to Burden, “this edition was largely destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666.”
Burden, The Mapping of North America, #217, state 3; Leighly, California as an Island, #6, plate IV.
Inventory No. 7566