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    First Edition in English of this Classic Early Work on the Americas Including One of the First Views of New York City

    MONTANUS, Arnoldus. OGILBY, JOHN [editor]. America: being the latest, and most accurate Description of the New World... Collected from most Authentick Authors, Augmented with later Observations and Adorn'd with Maps and Sculptures, by John Ogilby. London: Printed by the Author [John Ogilby], 1671.

    Folio. [vii], [1, blank], 674, [1, binder's instructions], [1, blank] pp. Title printed in red and black. With Twenty-one of fifty-seven full page plates and sixty-six intertextual plates. The maps present are: Novi Belgii; Yucatan & Guatimala; Nova Hispania; Nova Mexico; Insulae Americanae; Mappa Aestivarum Insularum alias Barmudas; Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan; Peru; Cusco; Potosi; Chili; Tabula Magellanica Qua Tierrae del Fuego; Paraguay; Brasilia; Olinda de Phernambuco; I Tamaraca; Serinhaim; Mauritiopolis; Castrum Mauritii Ad Ripam Fluminis S. Francisci; Guiana; and Venezuela.

    Old quarter leather over marbled boards, rebacked to style. Binding worn and rubbed. Some plates soiled and torn, some with paper repairs. Repair to rear of "Nova Mexico" map; repair to rear of "Potosi" map. An incomplete copy, overall fair. Two armorial bookplates.

    John Ogilby (1600-1676) is described by the Dictionary of National Biography as a "miscellaneous writer" of a good family. He apprenticed to a dance master and was soon reputed to be "one of the best masters in the profession." He suffered a number of misfortunes in his lifetime, including being shipwrecked in his passage from Ireland while fleeing the outbreak of the Civil War in 1641 and losing his house in the Great Fire of London in 1666. He translated, edited, and published many books, including several illustrated geographical works. These included America and ones on China, Japan, Africa, Asia, and Britain. In 1671, Ogilby published the 'America', translated from Arnold Montanus' Dutch text. However, Ogilby added fresh material on the English colonies. supplied by the Proprietors of the various colonies. Earliest issues contain only the Dutch maps and views, with the new English text. Later issues had a number of important maps, draughted from English materials, added, including a map of the Americas and very early depictions of the Carolinas, Maryland, Jamaica and Barbados.

    Sabin 50089; Wing O-165.

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