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OGILBY, John.
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.
London: printed for the Author, , 1671. The third of Ogilby's great atlases Folio in sixes (410 x 270 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked to style with spine elaborately gilt in compartments, red morocco label, corners repaired. Engraved allegorical title page, 56 plates (comprising engraved title, 37 engraved plates, 2 folding, and 19 engraved maps, 3 folding), 66 engraved illustrations in the text, title printed in red and black. A little scuffing, new endpapers, some minor marginal tears with old professional repairs, but overall a very good copy. First edition, second issue. The third in Ogilby's series of "Atlases" intended eventually "to cover the whole world, to be funded through lotteries, subscription plans, and advertisements. The first, Africa, appeared in 1670. Others followed soon after: Atlas Japannensis (1670), America (1671), Atlas Chinensis (1671), and Asia (1673). These were not the fruits of Ogilby's own work but rather well-produced compilations of extant translations and others' accounts, a common practice at that time. His and others' work in this sense thus both reflected and directed growing public interest in distant places and foreign peoples" (ODNB). Ogilby was all but wiped out by the Great Fire, but refused to be defeated, as Aubrey described; "the generall and dreadfull conflagration burn't all that he had, that he was faine to begin the world again … [but] he had such an excellent inventive and prudentiall witt, and master of so good addresse, that when he was undon he could not only shift handsomely (which is a great mastery), but he … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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