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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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ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Gilles.
[Map of the British Isles] Carte des Isles Britanniques... Paris, Delamarche, c.1790. Coloured. 540 x 720mm.
This map appeared in some of the later editions of Robert De Vaugondy's folio atlas which was issued by Charles Francois Delamarche. it bears an inset upper right of the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Below this is an Explication translating many of the terms of the map. A table to the left details the political structure of the islands. An ornate title cartouche upper left bears a coastal scene
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[Janvier's scarce large-format map of the British Isles] Les Isles BritanniquesComprenant les Royaumes D'Angleterre D'Ecosse et D'Irlande.. Paris: Jean Lattré, 1791. Original colour. 490 x 560mm.
The British Isles divided into the Saxton kingdoms, with an inset of the Orkneys & Shetlands and a finely-engraved title cartouche. This is a very uncommon large folio version of Lattre's own "Atlas Moderne" map, with an identical title and maritime design of the title cartouche.
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Dépôt de la Marine.
[A folding travel set of sea charts owned by one of Napoleon's Generals] Carte des Côtes d'Angleterre. Paris, Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, c.1798. 17 charts, dissected and laid down on ochre linen as issued, average size 600 x 950mm, in two original red morocco gilt boxes. Each chart with a manuscript title tab (written by Reille?) and the baron's name stamped in ink. Channel chart with minor loss on a fold; canvas worn on another chart.
A fine collection of maps of the coastline of the British Isles, dissected and laid down onto linen as issued by the Dépôt de la Marine and contained in two custom-made, red morocco cases. These maps were all first individually issued between 1757 and 1798 but the present collection is certainly a special commission from the Dépôt de la Marine, as each chart bears the bookplate of Baron Honoré-Charles-Michel-Joseph Reille. Reille (1775-1860) was an extremely important figure in Napoleon Bonaparte's army: he was Commander of the Army of Portugal at Vitoria during the Peninsula War, and commanded the II Corp (25,000 men) at Waterloo. He was later made a Maréchal of France and is buried in Pére Lachaise cemetery in Paris in the tomb of his father-in-law, Maréchal Messéna. The date of this collection coincides with the peak of Napoleon's determination to invade Great Britain, the only power standing between France and total European domination. However, having massed 180,000 troops at Boulogne in order to invade, the British victory at Cape St Vincent in 1797 proved to Napoleon that his navy was not strong enough for the attempt. The two boxed sets comprise the following maps: (Carte Des Côtes D'Angleterre 1) Carte Reduite des Isles Britanniques, Prémiere feuille, partie Meridionale de L'Angleterre Carte Reduite des Isles Britanniques, Seconde feuille, partie Septentrionale de L'Angleterre Carte Reduite des Isles Britanniques, Troisiéme feuille, partie Meridionale de L'Ecosse (1757) Carte Reduite des Isles Britanniques, Quatriéme feuille, partie Septentrionale de L'Ecosse (1757) Carte Particuliére des Costes Occidentales d'Irlande Carte Générale des Costes d'Iralnde et des Costes Occidentales d'Angleterre avec un Partie de celles d'Ecosse Carte des Entrées de La Tamise (Bellin 1759) Carte Reduite de La Manche (L'an VII de la Republique) Carte Reduite des Costes de Flandre et de Hollande (1763) (Carte Des Côtes D'Angleterre 2) Carte Reduite de L'Isle de Wight et Costes Voisines depuis Selsey Jusqu'a La Pointe Peverel (1762) Carte Particuliere du Canal de Bristol (L'an VI de la Republique) Carte Reduite des Isles Britanniques, cinquiéme feuille, contenant L'Irlande Côte Orientale d'Angleterre, depuis South Foreland jusqu'a Lowestoft comprenant les entrées de la Tamise Côte Orientale d'Angleterre, depuis Lowestoft et jusques L'Humber (L'an VI de la Republique) Carte Reduite de la rade des dunes avec une partie des entrées de la Tamise (1757) Carte Particuliere de la Mer d'Irlande appellée communement Canal St Georges (L'an VI de la Republique) Carte Reduite de l'entrée de la Mer d'Irlande et du Canal de Bristol
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