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[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.
($1,536 • €1,410 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.
($1,536 • €1,410 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.
($486 • €447 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.
($768 • €705 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.
($832 • €764 rates)
[An important chart of the English Channel] A New & Correct draught of the Channell between England & France Shewing ye Sands Shoales depth of Water & Anchorage on ye said Coasts with the setting of the tydes and the time of High Water as observed by Cap.t Edm. Halley. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1747. Two sheets conjined, total 450 x 820mm. Narrow margins top and bottom due to the size of the chart.
A detailed chart of the English Channel based on the observations carried out in 1701 by Edmond Halley. It shows from the Scilly Islands to the Straits of Dover, with insets of the Thames Estuary, the Scilly Islands and the Solent. It was first published in Thornton's 'Atlas Maritimus', with a dedication to Admiral of the Fleet Cloudesley Shovell, ironically placed next to the Scilly Islands inset, where Shovell's fleet famously ran around, prompting the institution of the Longitude Prize. This example was published in an edition of Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The First Book'.
($1,408 • €1,293 rates)
[An early 18th century chart of the Thames Estuary] A Draught of the Sands, Shoals, Buoys, Beacons, & Sea Marks Upon the Coast of England from the South Foreland to Orford. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 440 x 530mm.
A sea chart of the coasts of England from Dover to Orford Ness, orientated with north to the right. Two insets detail the Thames to London and the coast of Reculvers in Kent. First published c,1692, this chart has an exceptional number of depth soundings for the period, a sign of how important safe navigation into the Thames was becoming.
($448 • €411 rates)
[18th century map of the English Channel] La plus grande partie de la Manche, qui contient les cotes d' Angleterre et celles de France... Augsburg: Tobias Lotter, c.1760. Original colour. 500 x 570mm. Very fine impression.
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.
($614 • €564 rates)
BRION DE LA TOUR, Louis.
[Map of England and Wales] L'Angleterre divisée... Paris: Desnos, 1766. Original colour. 280 x 320mm.
Map of England and Wales, with a decorative title cartouche and separately-printed frame-like border.
($154 • €141 rates)
[18th century map of England & Wales] Le Royaume d'Angleterre, divisé selon les Sept Royaumes, ou Heptarchie des Saxons, avec La Principauté de Galles; et subdivisé en Shires ou Comtés Par Le S.r Robert. Venice, 1778. Original outline colour. 480 x 520mm.
England & Wales, shown divided into the Saxon kingdoms, but with contemporary detail on the maps.
($288 • €264 rates)
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