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  • King Duck [Object]

    435 plates – depicting 1,065 specimens – were included in the complete folio of Audubon’s Birds of America. Sold by subscription, the first folios were produced on ‘double-elephant’ paper (29½...

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  • A chieff Ladye of Pomeiooc [Object]

    Hand-coloured copperplate engraving. Plate VIII from de Bry's 'America Part I (Virginia)', part of his 'Les Grands Voyages' series. The plate is based on a watercolour by John White...

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  • A weroan or great Lorde of Virginia [Object]

    Hand-coloured copperplate engraving. Plate III from de Bry's 'America Part I (Virginia)', part of his 'Les Grands Voyages' series. The plate is based on a watercolour by John White...

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  • Their sitting at meate [Object]

    Hand-coloured copperplate engraving. Plate XVI from de Bry's 'America Part I (Virginia)', part of his 'Les Grands Voyages' series. The plate is based on a watercolour by John White...

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  • Ptolemaic World Map from ‘Geographia’ [Object]

    When the works of the classical geographer, astronomer and mathematician Claudius Ptolemy began to emerge from obscurity in the early 1400s, his most famous book 'Geographia' (sometimes called 'Cosmographia') was...

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  • Allegory of Astronomy [Object]

    Engraved plate number 7 from a set illustrating The Seven Liberal Arts – Astronomy appears in the guise of a winged goddess and is accompanied by an attentive navigator. She...

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  • Word Map [Object]

    A circular world map oriented with east at the top and Jerusalem at the centre. Johann Bongars produced only one edition of this depiction of the world, which is considered to...

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  • Plan of St. Augustine (Florida) [Object]

    With north at right, Boazio’s bird’s-eye view is the first printed map of a city in what was to become the United States. St Augustine had in fact been built...

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  • The Famouse West Indian voyadge made by the Englishe fleet… [Object]

    First map from Walter Biggs' 'A Summarie and True Discourse of Sir Francis Drake's West Indian Voyage'. Anti-Spanish feeling in England was running high in 1585. As a consequence, Sir...

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  • Plan of Santo Domingo, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic) [Object]

    All four plans of the cities raided by Sir Francis Drake during his 1585–86 expedition to the West Indies have keys to the letters marked in various spots; these narrate...

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