Follow us on

facebook link

Altea Gallery on Twitter

Records: 41 to 50 of 113
« previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »

SPEED, John. [The rare First Edition of Speed's map of the British Isles in contemporary colour]
The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1611-12. Contemporary colour. 385 x 510mm. Minor repairs to weaknesses caused by the original colour.
The British Isles, engraved by Jodocus Hondius for Speed's 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain'. Speed has compiled the map from various sources: Saxton for England & Wales, Hondius's map of 1591 for Ireland & Mercator for Scotland. The two views show London c.1600, with St Pauls and the Tower on the north bank and the Globe and the Bear-baiting ring on the South; and Edinburgh, showing the city under siege c.1544. Contemporary colour on Speed's maps is very unusual. SHIRLEY: 316, catchword 'wee'.
[Ref: 17281]    £5,000.00 ($6,350 • €5,680 rates)

BLAEU, Johannes. [The famous depiction of Anglo-Saxon Britain]
Britannia prout divisa fuit temporibus Anglo-Saxonium presertim durante illorum Heptarchia. Amsterdam, 1642, Spanish text edition. Fine original colour. 415 x 530mm.
The famous 'Saxon Heparchy', one of the most decorative maps of the British Isles. England is shown divided into the seven Saxon kingdoms with seven elaborate vignettes in full colour down the sides. On the left are full-length portraits of the Anglo Saxon founders of the kingdoms: on the right are the various methods used to convert their successors to Christianity, including violence and nagging. This map closely follows Speeds prototype edition of 1611 KOEMAN: Bl 66A.
[Ref: 17584]    £3,250.00 ($4,128 • €3,692 rates)


VRIENTS, Jan Baptist. [Vrients's scarce map of England, Wales & Ireland]
Angliae et Hiberniae Accurata Descriptio... 1605. Antwerp: Plantin, 1609 or 1612, Latin text edition. Coloured. 435 x 570mm. Slightly trimmed at sides due to the width of the map, new margins added as normal on this map.
A most decorative map, showing England, Wales & Ireland, issued in only eight posthumous editions of Ortelius’ atlas, with a royal family tree, armorials and vignettes including Neptune on a sea-horse. This example is from the second state, with the controversial description of James I as king of France removed. As this map only appears in the later editions of the Theatrum it is comparatively rare: Van den Broecke estimates that only about 1,250 were printed. Shirley notes that because the map is larger than the standard Ortelius maps it is 'often found with damage to the margins'. SHIRLEY: 323 & 275 for main description, 'an exceptionally fine map'.
[Ref: 15776]    £5,500.00 ($6,985 • €6,248 rates)

SPEED, John. [Speed's map of the Invasions of England]
The Invasions of England & Ireland with al their Civill Wars Since the Conquest. London: Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 385 x 510mm.
A fascinating map of England, Wales and Ireland, showing the sites of battles 1066 - 1588, each with a little vignette scene. Of particular interest is the route of the Spanish Armada of 1588, from their entrance into the Channel, their crescent formation, their dispersal by the fireships and the trail of wrecks around the northern coasts. On the reverse is a companion text. First issued in 1627, this map was engraved by Cornelius Danckerts from a prototype published by Speed c.1601 (of which Shirley notes only three known copies). It retains an obsolete form of the Isle of Man discarded by Speed in his map of 1611. It also holds a unique position in Speed's atlases, only appearing in volumes with the 'Theatre' and 'Prospect' combined: bound between the two were this map and four pages of accompanying text. SHIRLEY: 397 (see 239 for the prototype).
[Ref: 17066]    £2,600.00 ($3,302 • €2,954 rates)

HOOGHE, Romeyn de. [Monumental sea chart of south-east England]
Carte Nouvelle des Costes d'Angleterre depuis la Riviere de la Tamise jusques à Portland.. Amsterdam, Pierre Mortier, 1693. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined, total 600 x 950mm. Some restoration, laid on archival paper.
A superb chart of south-east England showing the Thames to London, and the sea coast round to Portland with the Isle of Wight and Alderney, an inset detail of the Strait of Dover and prospects of Portsmouth and Rochester & Chatham. The chart appeared in one part of Mortier's 'Neptune François', titled 'Cartes Marines a l'Usage des Armées du Roy de la Grande Bretagne'. The nine charts of this section, all engraved by Romeyn de Hooghe, one of the foremost artist/etchers of the period, was described by Koeman as the 'most spectacular type of maritime cartography ever produced in 17th century Amsterdam'. Mortier's motives in the production of this atlas was to flatter the Dutch king on the British throne since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, William III, to whom it is dedicated. The unprecedented size of the atlas and the use of artists such as de Hooghe were not cheap: Again Koeman calls it the 'most expensive sea atlas' of the period, 'intended more as a show-piece than something to be used by the pilots as sea'. KOEMAN: vol 4. p. 423-4, M.Mor 5.
[Ref: 16922]    £2,800.00 ($3,556 • €3,181 rates)

WILLDEY, George. [Superbly-decorated map of Ogilby's roads of England and Wales]
The Roads of England According to Mr Ogilby's Survey. London: George Willdey, c.1713. Contemporary colour refreshed. 590 x 595mm. Repairs to folds, laid on archival paper.
A scarce separate-issue map of England and Wales arranged to show the roads as surveyed for John Ogilby's 'Britannia'. To make the detail marked on the roads clear (for example the distances between towns) the geographical outline of the country is distorted, fitting into a circle. Bottom left there is no attempt to show the Cornish peninsula, yet Land's End is marked. The rich borders are decorated with acanthus leaves, with roundels containing armorials. The map is unusual in that it was printed from two plates, a circular plate, 525mm in diameter, for the map and a second plate for the border. As this border has no distinct 'up', examples exist where the border is rotated in relation to the map into all four cardinals. This example is rotated 90º clockwise to the illustration in Shirley. The map can also be found without the border. Ogilby's 'Britannia' was the world's first printed road atlas, published 1675, a hugely-influential publication; soon his roads started appearing on British county maps, and, nearly forty years later, Ogilby's work was still being used. SHIRLEY: Willdey 1, 'striking road map'; this second state, not listed in Shirley, has apparent 'crossing-out' lines through Willdey's imprint.
[Ref: 16276]    £4,250.00 ($5,398 • €4,828 rates)

SEATON, Robert. [A decorative wall map of England & Wales]
This New Map of England and Wales, with the Adjacent Countries, Compiled by Surveyors in the Ordnance Department, is Respectfully Dedicated to the King, by his Majestys Most Obedient Servant and Geographer, Robert Seaton. London, James Neele & Co, c.1835. Fine original colour. Dissected and laid on linen as issued, total 1170 x 940mm, with slipcase.
A detailed map of England and Wales in fine original colour, with regional boundaries, roads, railways, settlements and topography marked. Dedicated to William IV, it has a large vignette of Windsor Castle above the title, views of Westminster Abbey, York Minster, St Paul's and Canterbury Cathedral in the four corners, and 28 portraits of British worthies in the borders. Along the top are soldiers, including Marlborough and Wellington; down the left are politicians, including Fox, Pitt and Canning; down the right are intellectuals, including Shakespeare, Newton, Pope, Byron and Burns.
[Ref: 10838]    £1,500.00 ($1,905 • €1,704 rates)

ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of England]
England. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of England. The text below the image reads, ''Beautiful England, - on her Island throne, - Grandly she rules, - with half the world her own; From her vast empire the sun ne'er departs: She reigns a Queen - Victoria, Queen of Hearts''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17235]    £700.00 ($889 • €795 rates)

 English Counties 

SAXTON, Christopher. [The first printed map of the county of Devon]
Devoniae Comitat, Rerumquae omnium in eodem memorabilium recens, vers pticularisq. Descriptio. London, 1575-c.1579. Original colour lightly refreshed. 400 x 450mm. Narrow top margin, minor repairs, laid on linen.
A rare example of the first published state of Saxton's map of Devon, engraved in 1575 by Remigius Hogenberg (brother of the more famous Frans Hogenberg) for Saxton's county atlas of 1579. The arms above the title are those of Thomas Seckford (1515 -87), who commissioned Saxton's survey, with those of Queen Elizabeth I top left. On the map towns, rivers and hills are marked, but it was not until nearly a century later that roads were routinely shown on county maps. Saxton's copperplates had a long career: after being eclipsed by John Speed's atlas of 1611, the plates were re-engraved and re-issued in 1642 by William Web. Although most of the other plates were still being printed as late as 1770, the Devon plate had either been lost or destroyed by the 1689 Lea edition. BATTEN: 1.
[Ref: 15840]    £3,800.00 ($4,826 • €4,317 rates)

SAXTON, Christopher. [The first printed map of Westmorland and Cumberland]
Westmorlandiae et Cumberlandiae Comit. nova vera et Elaborata descriptio. Anº Dni 1576. London, 1576-c.1579. Original colour lightly refreshed. 395 x 450mm. A few nicks in the margins.
The first published state of Saxton's map of both Cumberland and Westmorland, engraved in 1576 by Augustine Ryther for Saxton's county atlas of 1579. Top right are the arms of Queen Elizabeth, with the arms of Thomas Seckford (1515 -87, who commissioned Saxton's survey) underneath, balanced with the strapwork title cartouche and a pair of compasses on the scale on the left. On the map towns, rivers and hills are marked, but it was not until nearly a century later that roads were routinely shown on county maps. Saxton's copperplates had a long career: after being eclipsed by John Speed's atlas of 1611, the plates were re-engraved and re-issued in 1642 by William Web; most of the other plates were still being printed as late as 1770.
[Ref: 17807]    £3,200.00 ($4,064 • €3,635 rates)

Records: 41 to 50 of 113
« previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »