Peter Stent

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London's first print seller, who ran one of the most successful printmaking enterprises of the 17th Century with a large and diverse stock of material. Stent was apprenticed in 1627 to Elizabeth Lowe, a copperplate printer. He was made free by the Merchant Taylor’s company in 1637. In 1645, he was left £106 by his father and began buying old copperplates from which he could print stock. Among Stent's most important works was a double-hemisphere world map. After Stent’s death, his estate passed to his widow, Susanna, and shortly afterwards to John Overton.

Preview of Peter Stent's double-hemisphere world map, elaborately embellished with top and bottom borders and text that reads: A new and accurate map of the world drawn according to the best and late discoveries