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Rare map of America, from Ephraim Pagitt's Christianographie, or the Description . . . of the Christian World, not subject to the Pope, first published in London in 1635.

Pagitt's book is illustrated with 5 maps, of which the map is included. While at first appearance, the map appears to be half of a world map, in fact Shirley notes that "the American half of [Pagitt's World] map was alswo printed separately for inclusion into Pagitt's work." We have owned one example of the work (sold in 2009), which included both maps, along with maps of Europe, Asia and Africa.

The geogrpaphy is reminiscent of similar maps published by Hondius. The map is likely based upon an earlier original, dated circa 1600, but with additions including New England, Davis Strait, Holanders (in Brazil), etc. which would have been added after 1630. Marvelous treatment of the unknown southern continent, Anian River, Quivera Re. and a host of other early references.

The map is very rare, having been missed by Burden in his book on the early maps of America.