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AGAS, Ralph. [A reduction of the Agas plan of Oxford]
Skelton's Reduced Engraving of the Original Plan of Oxford taken by Ralph Agas in the Year 1578. Published as the Act directs Jany. 1st 1823 by J. Skelton Magdalen Bridge Oxford. Skelton: Oxford, 1823. Coloured. 340 x 490mm.
An early nineteenth century reduction of the Elizabethan plan of Oxford by Ralph Agas. This bird's-eye view, plan of Oxford is highly decorative, with several amorials of Oxford University colleges and aristocratic families. Three elaborate cartouches and a figure of Mercury decorate the map.The buildings of the university, as well as churches, houses, gardens and streets are laid out within the walls of the city. The plan is oriented with south to the top and the High Street runs from the left to the right. Many of the buildings and major areas are labeled and there are extensive comments by way of explanation. Ralph Agas was an English land surveyor. He is best known for his large maps of Oxford and Cambridge, which are now only extant in a couple of examples preserved in institutions. Skelton's work on the antiquities of Oxford was issued in parts between 1816 and 1823
[Ref: 15717]    £550.00 ($715 • €633 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 and 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 Marlborugh 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]    £1,850.00 ($2,405 • €2,128 rates)

CREIGHTON, R. [Four-sheet folding map of England & Wales]
A Map of England & Wales Divided into Counties, Parliamentary Divisions & Dioceses shewing the principal Roads, Railways, Rivers and Canals and Seats of the Nobility and Gentry with the Distance of Each Town from the General Post Office, London. Projected from the Triangulation for the Survey made under the Direction of the Honorable The Board of Ordnance on a scale of Five Miles to an Inch and Corrected to the Present Time. London: Samuel Lewis, c.1839. Original colour. Four sheets, dissected and laid on linen, each 1040 x 860mm, folded into original morocco gilt covers. Hinges defective.
A four-sheet map of England and Wales, drawn by Creighton, engraved by John Dower, in fine original colour, with a list of dioceses with coats of arms, a table of distances by sea and a large vignette view of the General Post Office in London, engraved by Griffiths after Thomas Allom.
[Ref: 10621]    £800.00 ($1,040 • €920 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 thorne, - Grandly she rules, -with half the world her own; From her vast empire the sun ne'er depats: She reigns a Queen - Victoria, Queen of Hearts". From a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to muse 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, Bismark & Tzar Alexander II.
[Ref: 17235]    £700.00 ($910 • €805 rates)

BACON, George Washington. [A contour map of England & Wales with braille]
England & Wales. Issued by the National Institute for the Blind. London & Edinburgh: G.W. Bacon & Co., c.1953. Colour lithographic map, embossed with relief and braille. Sheet 565 x 450mm, on board as issued, with 8pp. braille booklet and the original NIB mail packaging, franked date 1953.
A map of England and Wales, embossed so that relief can be felt, with many names given in braille. The booklet is titled 'Key to Embossed Map'. The map was sent out in 1953, the same year that the Institute changed its name to the 'Royal National Institute for the Blind'.
[Ref: 16619]    £550.00 ($715 • €633 rates)

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BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early views of Windsor & Oxford]
Oxonium nobile Anglie oppidum...; Vindesorium celeberrimum Anglie castrum... Cologne, 1575. Coloured. 365 x 490mm.
Prospects of Windsor Castle and Oxford after Joris Hofnagle, published for the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the first series of printed town plans.
[Ref: 16784]    £750.00 ($975 • €863 rates)

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 fine impression.
A rare example of the first publshed state of Saxton's map of Devon, engraved in 1575 by Remigius Hogenburg (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 ($4,940 • €4,370 rates)

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [A 16th century plan of Norwich]
Nordovicum, Angliae Civitas. Cologne, 1581-. Old colour. 325 x 440mm.
The earliest printed map of Norwich, a 'map-view' with the major buildings, in this case the colleges, shown in profile, with no consideration for perspective. Published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans. KOEMAN: B&H 2.
[Ref: 16817]    £700.00 ($910 • €805 rates)

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early bird's eye view of Canterbury]
Cantuarbury. Cantuaria urbs Angliae celebris; Archiepiscopati sede commendata. Cologne, 1588-, German text edition. Fine original colour. 290 x 430mm. A couple of repaired tears at the bottom left and bottom margin, glue residue on verso of centerfold, overall a good example.
A fine 'map-view' of Canterbury with the major buildings shown in profile, with no consideration for perspective. Published in Volume IV of the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans. KOEMAN: B&H 4.
[Ref: 17298]    £950.00 ($1,235 • €1,093 rates)

DRAYTON, Michael. [Map of Shropshire from Drayton's fantastical 'Poly-Olbion']
[The Parte of Shropshre one the West of Severne.] London, 1612. 255 x 330mm. Narrow bottom margin.
A very decorative map of Shropshire, ignoring political boundaries and instead focusing on natural features, with hills and rivers populated by allegorical figures. Only major towns are marked. Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow are shown. Michael Drayton (1563-1631), a prominent poet, is believed to have started work on his 'Poly-Olbion' in 1598. This epic topographical poem, divided into thirty songs written in alexandrine couplets, ran to nearly 15,000 lines of verse. Each song described one, two or three counties, describing their topography, traditions and histories. The First Part was published in 1612, with eighteen maps probably engraved by William Hole (who signed the frontispiece). Drayton had been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth's court, but was not so popular with James I. Perhaps to rectify this the 'Poly-Olbion' was dedicated to Henry, Prince of Wales, but Henry died in 1612, the year of publication. The work did not sell well, and it was not until 1622 that Drayton could find a publisher for the second part, which contained ten more maps. Drayton intended to compose a further part to cover Scotland, but no part of this work is known to have survived. Despite these setbacks Drayton was still prominent enough to be buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey when he died in 1631. It was only posthumously that the Poly-Olbion became a literary classic.
[Ref: 14042]    £360.00 ($468 • €414 rates)

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