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[Map of Britain from an important ornithological book] Itinera Varia Auctoris. London: George Edwards, 1746. Original body colour. 260 x 210mm.
A frontispiece from George Edward's famous work 'A Natural History of Uncommon Birds'. The map shows the author's voyages around England and Europe between 1718 & 1730; however the illustrations come from further afield: at top is the beak of the Egyptian Ibis; underneath are male and female stag beetles from Borneo; and at the bottom the Least Hummingbird of Jamaica.. According to the book's text, the stag beetles, the hummingbird and its egg are shown actual size. George Edwards (1694-1773) is known as the 'father of British ornithology'. On the recommendation of Sir Hans Sloane he was appointed librarian to the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1733, allowing him the liberty to write his books. His friend Linnaeus helped him compile the names for the indexes. SHIRLEY: 34.
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RHODE, Johann Christoph.
[Mid-eighteenth century map of the British Isles] Tabula Geograph: Magnae Britanniae.. Berlin, Leonhard Euler, 1753. Coloured. 320 x 370mm.
With an inset of the Orkneys & Shetlands. Published by Leonard Von Euler, the famous mathematician
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[A fine example of Rocque's county atlas] The Small British Atlas: being a New Set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales: To which is added a General Map... London: Rocque, 1753. 8vo, later brown calf; engraved title (in English & French), folding general map, double-page general map & 52 double-page engraved maps, as called for. Good, early impressions of the maps.
The only county atlas by Rocque, who was better known for his large scale surveys of cities. Most of the maps have no illustrations, but Devon has vignettes of the Eddystone Lighthouse and West Yorkshire has a view of a guillotine in use in Halifax half a century before the French Revolution. The folding general map, titled 'A Parliamentary Map of England', is a sketch-map, marking the outlines of the counties and the positions of the major towns only; however it is made more interesting by the tables, which includes the revenue of both land tax and ship tax from each county.
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[The Great Seal of the Commonwealth, 1651] The Great-Seal of the Common-Wealth of England. done by Tho. Simon. This Engrav'd from a Curious Proof Impression in Wax which was in the Collection of the R.t Hon.ble ye Earl of Oxford; now in the Possession of her Grace the Dutchess of Portland. London: George Vertue, 1753. 215 x 150mm. A very fine impression, trimmed to image and mounted in Victorian album paper.
An engraved copy of the Great Seal of England of 1651, showing a map of England, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands, decorated with the arms of England & Ireland and galleons, within a decorative border. The seal was used to authenticate state documents during the Commonwealth, the period between the execution of Charles I and the Restoration of 1660, when England was a republic. The maker of this seal (and others for Charles I and Charles II) was Thomas Simon (c.1623-65), chief engraver of the Royal Mint. This engraving by Vertue was published in 'The Medals, Coins, Great Seals and other Works of Thomas Simon'.
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[The Seal of the Court of Common Bench, 1648] The Seal for the Court of Common Bench at Westminster A. D.ni MDCXLVIII. London: George Vertue, 1753. 220 x 145mm. Trimmed to image and mounted in Victorian album paper.
An engraving showing the two sides of the seal of the Court of Common Bench (or 'Pleas'), within an invented rococo border. The front shows a map of England, Wales and Ireland. It was a common law court that heard any case between two individuals which did not concern the king. It was often in conflict over jurisdiction with the Court of King's Bench: however this seal celebrates the reduction in the power of the King's Bench because of the Civil War. The reverse shows the Court of Common Bench in session in Westminster Hall, with the legend 'In the first year of Freedom, by God's blessing restored, 1648'. The court was abolished in 1880. The maker of this seal (and others for Charles I and Charles II) was Thomas Simon (c.1623-65), chief engraver of the Royal Mint. This engraving by Vertue was published in 'The Medals, Coins, Great Seals and other Works of Thomas Simon'.
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LOTTER, Mathieu Albert.
[Decorative 18th century map of the British Isles] La Grande Bretagne ou les Royaumes D'Angleterre et D'Ecosse comme aussi le Royaume D'Irlande Augsburg, c. 1764. Original colour. 490 x 575mm.
A map of the Brishis Isles with an ornate title cartouche. The arms of England, Wales and Scotldand are in the left corner. The map was engraved by Mathias Albrecht Lotter for his father Tobias Lotter's atlas.
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DESNOS, Louis Charles.
[Mid-18th century wall map of the British Isles] Les Isles Britanniques, où sont les Royaumes d'Angleterre et d'Ëcosse, que nous appellons Grande-Bretagne et celey d'Irlande. Paris, 1766. Coloured. Four sheets conjoined, total 1060 x 850mm. Laid on linen.
A large and colourful map of the British Isles, marking the major roads, with insets of the Shetlands and Orkneys and a large title cartouche.
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[18th Century map of the British Isles] Les Isles Britanniques... Paris, Jean Lattré, c.1770. Original Colours. 310 x 450mm. A fine example
A decorative map of the British Isles. Includes all of England, Scotland and Ireland, divided according to provinces. An inset in the top right shows the Shetland and Orkney Islands. A decorative distance scale appears in the lower left quadrant. A very decorative title cartouche depicting the British royal armorial crest is set in the upper left quadrant
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BRION DE LA TOUR, Louis.
[Decorative map of the British Isles] Les Isles Britanniques... Paris: Desnos, 1786. Original colours. 290 x 320mm. Very fine impression
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BRION DE LA TOUR, Louis.
[18th Century French Map of the British Isles] Les Isles Britanniques... Paris, Desnos, 1790. Original colour. 280 x 310mm, with two strips of separately-printed text..
With a decorative title cartouche & an inset of the Orkneys & Shetlands.
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