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  BRITISH ISLES 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [A 16th century woodcut map of the British Isles]
Von den Britannischen Insuln. Basle, c.1570, German text edition. Woodcut, Coloured, image size 250 x 170mm.
Despite being a 'modern' map and first published after the Ortelius map of Britain, Scotland still has the eastward slant ususally associated with Ptolemaic maps. Guernsey ('Grenze') is placed in the middle of the English Channel. On verso is a woodcut portrait of James I (1603-1625). See SHIRLEY: British Isles 1477-1650, 122.
[Ref: 18472]    £350.00 ($463 • €396 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [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.
[Ref: 17315]    £1,500.00 ($1,985 • €1,699 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.
[Ref: 11601]    £4,500.00 ($5,954 • €5,096 rates)


RUSCELLI, Girolamo. [The British Isles after George Lily]
Anglia et Hibernia Nova. Venice: Heirs of Melchior Sessa, 1598. 185 x 260mm.
The British Isles, based on Lily's famous map but with fewer names. Originally issued in Ruscelli's 'La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo', 1561, this is from a second plate used 1574 onwards. The original differences were negligible, but this is an example of the more decorative second state, with a galleon and two sea-monsters added. SHIRLEY: 221.
[Ref: 17684]    £500.00 ($662 • €566 rates)


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 ($6,615 • €5,662 rates)


HONDIUS, Henricus. [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.
[Ref: 10585]    £1,000.00 ($1,323 • €1,132 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic decorative map of the British Isles]
Magnae Brittaniae et Hiberniae Tabula. Amsterdam, c.1650, blank verso. Original colour. 395 x 500mm. Pair of faint creases.
A decorative map of the British Isles, with an inset of the Orkneys, armorials and galleons. The map was first issued in 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.
[Ref: 13649]    £950.00 ($1,257 • €1,076 rates)


JANSSON, Jan. [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.
[Ref: 12083]    £1,100.00 ($1,455 • €1,246 rates)


SPEED, John. [Speed's famous map of the Saxon Heptarchy]
Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 385 x 505mm. Small tear in lower margin repaired.
The most decorative map of the British Isles, engraved by Jodocus Hondius for Speed's 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain'. England is shown divided into the seven Saxon kingdoms, with the kingdoms of the Scots, Picts and Welsh also marked. Flanking the map are two columns of vignettes: on the left can be seen the first king of each Saxon region; on the right the conversions of their successors to Christianity, persuaded by discussion, preaching, visions and violence. The English text on verso gives an outline of the history. Speed's map was so striking that it was copied by both Blaeu and Jansson for their atlases of the British Isles. SHIRLEY: 317.
[Ref: 18227]    £2,600.00 ($3,440 • €2,944 rates)


MOLL, Herman. [Scarce 17th century map of the British Isles]
England, Scotland; & Irelandm With the Iles Thereto Belonging. London: Robert Scott, 1681. 215 x 175mm.
A map of the British Isles and North Sea engraved by Herman Moll for 'A New Geography, with Maps to each Country', part of Sir Jonas Moore's 'A New Systeme of the Mathematicks'. Not listed in Shirley, but Moore's book mentioned in the biography of Moll.
[Ref: 15819]    £380.00 ($503 • €430 rates)


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