Archival quality Limited edition of original hand coloured, copper-plate engraving by Michael Burghers (1653-1727) and publisher, Edward Wells, Oxford c.1700. This double hemisphere map, that depicts California as an island, was published by Edward Wells, a Math professor at Oxford, in 1700. The Map was dedicated to the young Duke of Gloucester. The 13 year old Duke was the heir to the Throne and dies a few months after the map was issued. The vignette at the bottom right shows the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford as well as other engraved scenes and a highly decorated cartouche. North America is noted as perhaps being 'no other, than the Insular Atlantis of the Ancients'. Australia shows only the Dutch discoveries as this was the world seventy years before Captain James Cook’s three voyages. The engravers was Michael Burghers, born in Amsterdam and settled in Oxford in 1673 working under David Loggan. Upon his death Burghers
succeeded him as "Engraver to the Oxford University"
Size of image = 38cm x 52cm
Archival Edition Limited to 200 each image. Issued with numbered certificate