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[16th Century Ptolemaic Map of the British Isles] [Europae Tabula prima continet insulam Albion, sive Britanniam & Hyberniam.] Vienne, Gaspar Treschel, 1541. Woodcut, printed area 300 x 440mm. A very fine, crisp example.
From the last woodcut edition of Ptolemy, using the blocks cut in 1522. The British Isles, set in a trapezoid frame, famous for the east-west orientation of Scotland. The title (as above) is printed on verso, with a Latin text description. SHIRLEY: British Isles 30.
($2,356 • €2,223 rates)
[George Lily's map of the British Isles] Anglia et Hibernia Nova. Venice, 1574. 180 x 260mm.
The British Isles, based on Lily but with some names discarded because of the reduction in scale. Originally issued in Ruscelli's 'La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo' 1561, this example is from a second plate used from 1574. SHIRLEY: 111, first state of two.
($422 • €398 rates)
[A rare 16th century miniature map of Britain] Ragionevol' Forma et Vera Postura del' Isola di Ingiliterra. Ancona: F. Salvioni, 1579-80. 130 x 85mm.
Map of the British Isles, based on George Lily but with few names, within a circle and with north to the right, omitting Ireland completely. It was engraved by Michel'Angelo Marrelli for 'Diporti Notterni Dialloghi...', a small military manual that contained 28 maps of islands. The author, Francesco Ferreti (1523-93), was a Knight of the Order of St Stephen, which was founded by Cosimo I de' Medici to help fight the Ottomans and pirates of the Mediterranean and had participated at the great Battle of Lepanto less than a decade earlier. Dedicated to Francesco de'Medici, Cosimo's son and successor as Grand Duke of Tuscany, the manual's maps are of the Mediterranean islands most at risk, with this map of Britain being the only exception. SHIRLEY: 124, plate 54.
($868 • €819 rates)
[A classic 16th century Dutch map of the British Isles] Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, Sive Britannicar: Insularum Descriptio. Antwerp: 1584, Latin edition. Coloured. 345 x 500mm.
A classic collector's map of the British Isles, oriented with north to the right, published in the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. This example has the pagination of the 1574 edition of the Theatrum erased and the number of the 1579 edition added in old ink mss: the publishers were obviously using up the remainder of an old edition. SHIRLEY: British Isles 1477-1650, 86 - 'more sophisticated and ebullient style of engraving'; VAN DEN BROECKE: 16.
($1,860 • €1,755 rates)
DE JODE, Gerard.
[Scarce map of the British Isles in fine contemporary colour] Angliae Scotiae et Hibernie Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, Arnold Coninx for the widow and heirs of Gerard de Jode, 1593. Fine contemporary hand colour. 350 x 495mm. Old folds in margins flattened.
The British Isles, engraved 1570, but this example from the enlarged edition of De Jode's 'Speculum Orbis Terrae' published by his son Cornelis. The outline of the islands is taken from Mercator's eight-sheet map, 1564, but the text comes from the George Lily map of 1546. De Jode's atlas was not a success, losing out to the superior resources and influence of Ortelius, making the De Jode maps harder to find than those of his rival. SHIRLEY: 85 & 119, second state, with "Cum privilegio" added.
($5,580 • €5,265 rates)
[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 orginal 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. Contemprary colour on Speed's maps is very unusual. SHIRLEY: 316, catchword 'wee'.
($6,200 • €5,850 rates)
[Mercator's Classic map of the British Isles] Anglia, Scotia et Hibernia. Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1623, Latin text edition. Coloured. 335 x 415mm. Repaired tear in the left margin, just entering the printed border; centerfold reinforced on verso, restoration at top and bottom margins not affecting the printed area.
Gerard Mercator had already died when this map was first appeared in an atlas, in 1595. His heirs sold his stock to Jodocus Hondius, who issued his first Mercator atlas in 1606. This example comes from an edition published by Jodocus's younger son. The map has been compiled from various sources, each the best available for each region: England and Wales are based on Saxton; the east coast of Ireland is taken from the Laurence Nowell map prepared for William Cecil in the 1560s; and Scotland from Mercator's own wall map from 1564. The strapwork title cartouche and the florid engraving of the names of the seas make this a very striking map. KOEMAN: ME 27A; SHIRLEY: British Isles 180.
($1,116 • €1,053 rates)
[A classic map of the British Isles] Magnæ Britanniæ et Hiberniæ Tabula. Amsterdam, c. 1635, French Text, 380 x 510mm
A superb and detailed map of the British Isles marking regions and major cities and towns. With three attractive Baroque title cartouches with swags and putti, one holding an inset of the Orkneys, the other two for the scale and title. From the "Atlas ou Representation du Monde Universel". SHIRLEY No. 435.
($1,240 • €1,170 rates)
[17th Century Nautical Chart of the North Sea] Pascaart vande Noort-Zee... Tabula Hydrographica Oceani Borealis... Amsterdam, 1657, German edition. Original colour. 440 x 560mm. Repairs to verdigris crack.
A Dutch sea chart of the North Sea from Jansson's uncommon 'Atlas Maritimus', first published 1650. Oriented with north to the right, it shows from the Shetlands clockwise to Trondheim, Stettin in the Baltic, Calais and Arundel in Sussex. The title cartouche depicts two navigators with a cross staff and atlas of sea charts.
The chart was published just after the end of the First Anglo-Dutch War.
($1,364 • €1,287 rates)
BLAEU, Willem Janszoon.
[17th century map of the British Isles] Magnae Brittaniae et Hiberniae Tabula. Amsterdam, 1662. Latin-text edition. Original colour. 390 x 510mm. Small hole in bottom margin.
A decorative map of the British Isles, with an inset of the Orkneys, armorials and galleons. The map was first issued 1630, with vignette borders depicting costumes and towns; however that state only appeared that year after which the borders were cropped from the plate, as per this state. See SHIRLEY: British Isles 1477-1650, 423.
($1,178 • €1,112 rates)
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