Made For The Heir to The Thrown of England
Nice example of the Wells map of North America.
Wells produced a lavish school atlas on the occasion of William Duke of Glouchester's schooling at Oxford.
Wells map is a fascinating mix of contemporary information and inaccuracies. In identifying California as an Island, Wells was behind the times. His location of the Mississippi River as originating in Texas is also very inaccurate. However, his map is largely based upon the work of the Recollet missionary Louis Hennepin, and faithfully displays Hennepin's discoveries.
The shape of Florida is very odd. Along the East coast, many of the early English settlements and American Colonial cities are shown. Wells also included annotations and dates of discovery.