John Ogilby. "De Stadt St. Martin".
London: J. Ogilby, 1671. 11 x 14 (neat lines) plus margins. Engraving on laid paper. Hand colored. Very good condition.This print was issued in John Ogilby's America in 1671. Ogilby (1600-1676), one of the more colorful figures associated with cartography, started life as a dancing master and finished as the King's Cosmographer and Geographic Printer. In the course of an eventful life he built a theater in Dublin, became the Deputy Master of Revels in Ireland, translated various Greek and Latin works and built a book publishing business. In the process he twice lost all he possessed, first in a shipwreck during the Civil Wars and then in the Great Fire of London. Even this disaster he turned to advantage by being appointed to a Commission of Survey following the fire. He turned to printing again and in a few short years organized a survey of all the main post roads in the country and published the first practical road atlas. In 1671, Ogilby issued his volume on America, which included many maps and views of North and South America, including this striking engraving.