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18. Edward Wells. “A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the latest Discoveries and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans.” Published in A New Sett of Maps both of Antient and Present Geography (Oxford: Edward Wells, 170030). Copper engraving with original outline hand color and attractive later hand color. 14 3/8 x 19 7/8" to neat line. Frame: 24 1/2 x 29 3/4." Some age toning at centerfold. Small stain at top center. Handsomely presented with a hand-decorated mat and gold-toned frame. Overall fine condition.

Price: SOLD.

Edward Wells (1667-1727) was a classical scholar, theologian, mathematician and geographer. After pursuing an unsuccessful ministry, Wells went on to teach at Christ Church College at Oxford, his alma mater. Wells authored works on astronomy, chronology, arithmetic, geometry and geography. The present map is dedicated to his student William, the Duke of Gloucester and son of Queen Anne. Although Wells compiled A New Sett of Maps for instructional use, the atlas became a popular success as well and so was issued a number of times into the 1730s.


A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe includes notations for “undiscovered” areas of the Pacific Rim and artic regions. An incomplete “New Holland” (Australia) is shown attached to New Guinea, and California is shown as an island. The surrounding illustration includes views of Oxford, and a number of geographers, perhaps intended as portraits of historic personages.

The work was engraved by Michael Burghers, resident engraver at Oxford.

Refs: Phillips, Atlases, No. 531; Tooley, p. 370.

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