c 1676 Americas - CA as an Island - Speed/Bassett & Chiswell


“AMERICA” John Speed. London: Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, c. 1676. Though dated 1646 at the top, this map was issued in the "Miniature Speed Atlas": An Epitome of Mr. John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.  Original Engraved map. Verso text: English.  Reference:  Burden # 268; McLaughlin #8. (Paper:  108 x 158mm – 4 ¼ x 6 ¼’’    Image:  85 x 122mm – 3 3/8 x 4 ¾’’)

Beautifully engraved by Pieter van den Keere, this miniature map depicts the Americas with California as an Island with a flat northern coast and numerous place names shown, as well as small islands between it and the continent.  

In North America the settlement of “Plymuth” is noted.  Antarctica is labeled “The Onknowne World”.  In present-day Canada, there is no reference to the French presence with “Newe Ing. Land” found north of the St. Lawrence River. 

Excellent condition and a seldom seen map. Speed's Epitome is much rarer than the larger Speed folio atlas and this map is quite scarce on the market. 

Presented in an archival 11 x 14'' mat

  • Inventory# M-14375