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America; being the latest and most Accurate Description of the New World…
London: Printed for the Author, , 1671. Collected from most Authentick Authors, Augmented with later Observations, and Adorn'd with maps and Sculptures, by John Ogilby. Folio in sixes (410 × 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. In this issue the Florida map is replaced with one of Barbados, as noted below; the map of Brazil is misbound. Rebacked and recornered as noted, a little scuffing, new endpapers, some minor marginal tears with old professional repairs, but overall a very good copy. First edition. In common with all of Ogilby's travel works (it is the second in a series which also included Africa, Asia, and Britannia), the book is a well-produced compilation of extant translations and others' accounts, a common practice at that time. The bulk of Ogilby's America is taken from Arnoldus Montanus's De Nieuwe en Onbekeende Weereld, published at Amsterdam the same year, supplemented with information on New England, New France, Maryland, and Virginia supplied to Ogilby by the proprietors of these colonies. There are two issues of the book. The first had only Dutch map and views, and these were replaced in the second issue by a number of important maps drafted from English materials, for example the map of Barbados present here.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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