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Creator:
Seller, John, active 1658–1698
Title(s):
Atlas maritimus, or a book of charts : describing the sea coasts, capes, headlands, sands, shoals, rocks and dangers : the bayes, roads, harbors, rivers, and ports in most of the knowne parts of the world : with the true courses and distances from one place to another, gathered from the latest and best discoveries that have been made by divers able and experienced navigators of our English nation : accomodated with an hydrologicall description of the whole world / by John Seller, Hidrographer to [the] Kings most excellent Majestie ; and by William Fisher, John Thornton, John Colson, and James Atkinson.
Additional Title(s):

Atlas maritimus

Book of charts

Letterpress title page: Atlas maritimus, or, The sea-atlas
Published/Created:
[London] : [John Seller, William Fisher, John Thornton, John Colson, and James Atkinson], [between 1677 and 1679]
Physical Description:
1 atlas ([4], 12, [2] pages, [79] leaves of plates) : 39 maps ; 46 cm (folio)
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2023 28
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Classification:
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scale:
Scales differ.
Notes:
Letterpress title page: Atlas maritimus, or, The sea-atlas : being a book of maritime charts describing the sea-coasts, capes, headlands, sands, shoals, rocks, and dangers, the bays, roads, harbors, rivers and ports, in most of the known parts of the world : collected from the latest and best discoveries that have been made by divers able and experienced navigators of our English nation : accommodated with a hydrographical description of the whole world, shewing the chief cities, towns, and places of trade and commerce, with the nature of the commodities and merchandizes of each country, very useful for merchants and all other persons concerned in maritime affairs / by John Seller, hydrographer to the King.
Title based on the engraved title page of the Yale Center for British Art copy, in which a separately printed oval panel (bearing text) is set on the page. This version names John Seller's associates in publishing the work. According to Verner, this "combine" was active between 1677 and 1679. The letterpress title page is that of the dated 1675 edition.
Maps engraved by James Clark, Samuel Moore, James Bennett, Francis Lamb, Wenceslaus Hollar and John Oliver.
Depths shown by soundings on some charts.
"Cum privilegio."--Title page.
First published, with 26 maps, under title: Atlas maritimus, or, A book of charts. [London, 1670?]. All copies and editions vary in contents.
Signatures: [A]² B-D² [chi]1.
The illustrations and maps are on 39 double plates.
Verner, C. "John Seller and the Chart Trade in Seventeenth Century England." In The compleatt plattmaker, pages 148-149
Maps include illustrations with decorative cartouches, compass roses, and coats of arms. Added title page includes portraits.
BAC Folio A 2023 28: Bound in contemporary calf.
Form/Genre:
Nautical charts.
Atlases.
Contributors:
Atkinson, James, active 1667-1715, publisher.
Colson, John, active 1671-1709, publisher.
Fisher, W. (William), -1692, publisher.
Thornton, John, 1641-1708, publisher.
Clark, James (Engraver), engraver.
Hollar, Wenceslaus, 1607-1677, engraver.
Lamb, Francis, engraver.
Moore, Samuel (Engraver), engraver.
Oliver, John, 1616-1701, engraver.
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