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Seller, John

A mapp of New England

Publication information:
London:  Seller, 1675

Copperplate engraving, hand colored,  45 x 55 cm.

New England--Maps--Early works to 1800
New York (State)--Maps--Early works to 1800

1. Scale 1:950,400.
2.  Published in his Atlas Maritimus or Sea Atlas.
3. Digital image derived from Kodak Photo CD using slide of map held by the John Carter Brown Library.  Contact John Carter Brown Library for reproduction rights.

John Seller

A Mapp of New England, ca.1675

John Seller was a pioneering British publisher of nautical charts.  He bore the impressive title "Hydrographer in Ordinary" to the king.

Sellerís map of New England, which was first published sometime between 1666 and 1674, is the first printed British map of the New York area not entirely dependent on Dutch prototypes. It is derived from a variety of British and Dutch sources. Parts of the map (including the illustrations of animals) are clearly copied from maps like the Blaeu and Visscher maps described above. The depiction of the Hudson Valley is less accurate than on the best contemporary Dutch maps, but Long Island shows a number of features that do not appear on any previous printed maps. Much of this information is derived from an unpublished map of New England by John Scott, who pursued a controversial political career on Long Island before being forced to flee to England.

Like many early maps, Seller's chart of New England exists in several different "states," which were usually created by altering the copper plate on which a map was engraved.  This version appeared in Seller's Atlas Maritimus, or the Sea-Atlas, which was first published in 1675.


David Yehling Allen, Long Island Maps and Their Makers , 12-16

William P. Cumming, British Maps of Colonial America , 38-39

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