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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 Aldernay, 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.
($3,472 • €3,276 rates)
[An Anglo-Dutch separate-issue road map of England] A New Mapp of the Kingdome of England Representing the Princedome of Wales, and other Provinces, Cities, Market Towns, with the Roads from Town to Town. And the Number of reputed Miles between them, are given by Inspection without Scale or Compass. Printed and given out by Nicolas Visscher upon the Dam at the signe of the Fischer... and are to be sold by John Overton at the White Horse without Newgate. Amsterdam,, c.1694. 570 x 500mm. Trimmed close to neatline, laid on contemporary paper as originally issued.
A callaboration between publishers in Amsterdam and London. A detailed map of England and Wales criss-crossed by straight lines representing roads. This state, about ten years after the first, is identified by the dedication to William III under the elaborate title cartouche supported by putti and surmounted with the Royal Arms. Shirley "British Isles" Visscher 2 , State 4 of 5.
($595 • €562 rates)
[17th century sea chart of the English Channel] Manica, Gallis La Manche, et Belgis Het Canaal, Pars Oceani inter Angliam et Galliam... Amsterdam, c.1698. Original colour. 480 x 570mm. A fine example
A chart of the English Channel, showing the British coastline from Cardigan to Orford and the Continental coast from Calais to Nantes, with the River Seine to Paris.
($806 • €761 rates)
HOMANN, Johann Baptist.
[An early Georgian map of England] Magnae Britanniae Pars Meridionalis in qua Regnum Angliae tam in Septem Antiqua Anglo-Saxonum Regna... . Nuremberg, c.1730. Original colour with later additions 575 x 490mm.
Map of England and Wales, with an elaborate allegorical title cartouche and a vignette scene of Queen Anne and her councillors. The colouring of England marks the boundaries of the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, predating the Norman Conquest of 1066.
($496 • €468 rates)
[18th Century antique map of The English Channel] La plus grande partie de la Manche, qui contient les cotes d' Angleterre et celles de France... Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour. 500 x 570mm. Excellent condition.
Antique map of the English Channel from Portland to Dover, but also showing England north to Gloucester, Oxford, London and Colchester, with the Post Roads marked. Filling the Channel is a large maritime-themed cartouche, showing mythological and allegorical figures including Poseidon, Mercury and Peace.
($595 • €562 rates)
[The story of the Spanish Armada from the House of Lords tapestries] [The Spanish Armada entering the English Channel.] London, John Pine, 1739. Printed from three plates, outer plate 380 x 610mm.
A pair of sea charts of the English Channel, printed in blue, within a decorative border printed from a third plate. The left plate shows the Spanish Armada of 1588 entering the Channel, blown by a delicately-engraved windhead, watched by two putti and an allegorical figure of Britannia. The right plate shows the Armada in the famous crescent formation, with the English fleet behind them, pushing them up the Channel. In the centre of the decorative border is a portrait of Elizabeth I. This is a plate from 'The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords', drawn by by Hubert-François Gravelot, engraved and published by John Pine. It depicts one of ten tapestries commissioned from the Dutch marine painter Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom by Lord Howard of Effingham in 1591 to commemorate the defeat of the Armada. Unfortunately they were destroyed when the Houses of Parliament burnt down in 1834, leaving Pine's book as the only record. It is lucky that Pine worried that "'Time, or Accident, or moths may deface these valuable shadows". MCC: 4.
($1,488 • €1,404 rates)
[The story of the Spanish Armada from the House of Lords tapestries] [The English sending the fire-ships in among the Spanish Fleet.] London, John Pine, 1739. Printed from three plates, outer plate 380 x 610mm.
A pair of sea charts of the English Channel, printed in blue, within a decorative border printed from a third plate. The left plate shows the Spanish Armada at anchor off Calais, and the eight fire-ships bearing down on them, blown by a delicately-engraved windhead. The right plate shows the Armada, having cut their anchors to escape the fire-ships, fleeing north in disarray. The decorative border has roundel portraits of Elizabeth I, Pope Sixtus V, Phillip II of Spain and Alessandro Farnese, governor of the Spanish Netherlands, and two putti weeping over the loss of life. A lighter note is struck by the text in Latin and English: "Upon the disappearance of this mighty Fleet, the following Writing was fixed up to Pasquin at Rome. The Pope from the Plenitude of his Power will grant Indulgences for a thousand Years, if any one will inform him with certainty, what is become of the Spanish Fleet, where it is gone; whether it be taken up into Heaven, sunk down into Tartarus, suspended somewhere in the Air, or floating upon some Sea." This is a plate from 'The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords', drawn by by Hubert-François Gravelot, engraved and published by John Pine. It depicts one of ten tapestries commissioned from the Dutch marine painter Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom by Lord Howard of Effingham in 1591 to commemorate the defeat of the Armada. Unfortunately they were destroyed when the Houses of Parliament burnt down in 1834, leaving Pine's book as the only record. It is lucky that Pine worried that "'Time, or Accident, or moths may deface these valuable shadows". MCC: 4.
($1,488 • €1,404 rates)
[England divided into the Saxon Heptarchy] Britanniæ sive Angliæ Regnum, tam secundum prisca Anglo-Saxonum Imperia... Augsburg, c.1740. Original body colour. 575 x 490mm. Dark impression, very fine example.
Seutter's map of England & Wales, with contemporary placenames but coloured to separate the Saxon kingdoms that existed before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The fine allegorical title cartouche represents the wealth of the country, including ships, sheep and knowledge. SHIRLEY: British Isles 1650-1750, Seutter 2, state 2.
($471 • €445 rates)
BUCK, Samuel & Nathaniel.
[The Buck prospect of Liverpool] The South West Prospect of Liverpoole, in the County Palatine of Lancaster. London: S. & N. Buck, 1728-. 255 x 715mm.
A prospect of Liverpool with a short description and a 20-point key. It was published in a series of 'Cities and Towns', available separately and bound. At the time they were printed each sheet would half cost approximately half a crown each.
($744 • €702 rates)
MOUNT & PAGE.
[An important chart of the east coasts of England] A Chart for the Newcastle Trade Describeing the Sea Coasts of England from the South Foreland to New:castle w.th the Soundings, Sands, Shoals, Harbours Buoys Beacons and Seamarks, upon ye said Coasts. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1747. Two sheets conjined, total 510 x 1000mm.
The east coast of England, orientatedwith north to the right, showing from Hythe in Kent to Tynemouth in what was Northumberland, also showing the Thames to London. Insets show the Harwich roads, the Yarmouth Sands and a detail of the coast from Sunderland to Blyth. This chart was first published in Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The Second Book' in 1729. It was replaced with a copy engraved by Mynde in 1770.
($806 • €761 rates)
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