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The Earliest Published Appearance of Philadelphia on a Map
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Not only does this rare English map of America include the first appearance of Philadelphia on a printed map, it famously depicts California as an island.

PHILIP LEA AND JOHN OVERTON. Map. A New Mapp of America Devided According To the Best and Latest Observations.... London, England, [ca. 1686]. 22 x 19 in.

Inventory #22141       Price: $15,000

This is the second state of a frequently mis-cataloged map. According to Taliaferro, this map was offered for sale as early as 1684 and that most likely, there are two states of the map, the later (as here) of the two adding an advertisement for maps of Africa, Asia and Europe.

This is the earliest appearance of Philadelphia on a printed map. Due to the changing English political landscape, the dedication to Henry, Duke of Beaufort, in a separate cartouche flanked by cherubs, makes it improbable that it was published after 1689. Henry was only a lukewarm supporter of the Glorious Revolution. The map is richly embellished with ships, coats of arms and a second cartouche featuring native inhabitants. The map reflects heightened interest in the English colonies as well as English place-names for much of the New World.


Very good. Outline color, wide margins, very minor expert restoration at sheet edges, light stains in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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