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  BRITISH ISLES 

LILY, George. [Bertelli's version of Lily's important map of the British Isles]
Britania Insula Quae Duo Regna Continet Angliam et Scotiam cum Hibernia Adiacente. Venice: Ferrando Bertelli, 1562. 485 x 350mm. Trimmed to platemark as issued.
A rare version of George Lily's landmark map of 1546. It was the first separately-issued map of the British Isles and the first to show Scotland's coastline and islands in recognisable form, possibly based on a lost map by John Eldon. Although the outline of England was copied from Munster, the use of copper engraving rather than woodcut allowed more names from other sources to be included. Ireland had yet to take shape. Bertelli's map was engraved by Paolo Forlani after an intermediate version published in Rome in 1556 with a box lettered IHS (earning the map the nickname 'The Jesuit Map'), which was orientated with north at the top rather than to the right. Here the left-hand text box has the publication date of 1561, the right box MDLXII (1562), with the second 'I' an addition; no example dated 1561 on the right has been located. George Lily (c.1510-59) was a London-born catholic priest who was outlawed for treason against Henry VIII and followed his master, Cardinal Reginald Pole, into exile. Living in Italy, he contributed to Paolo Giovio's 'Descriptio Britanniae, Scotiae, Hyberniae et Orchadum' (Venice, 1548); it seems his map was prepared as a companion piece. On the accession of Mary I, Pole and Lily returned to England in 1555, with Pole becoming Archbishop of Canterbury (the last Catholic to hold the post) the following year. Lily became Pole's chaplain and the first prebend of Canterbury Cathedral in 1558. He died the following year and was buried in St Paul's churchyard. Lily's monogram ('GLA', for Georgius Lilius Anglicanus') appears on two other maps: Pirro Ligorio's 'Vrbis Romae Sitvs', published by Tramezini in 1552; and his own 'Nova Germaniae Descriptio', published by Tramezini in 1553. SHIRLEY: 70.
[Ref: 19123]    £18,000.00 ($22,464 • €20,394 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 ($5,616 • €5,099 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The first issue of Ortelius's map of the British Isles in classical times]
Britannicarum Insularum Typus. Antwerp, 1595, Latin text edition. Fine oiginal colour. 370 x 505mm.
A very fine example of the map of Roman Britain, engraved by Jan Wierix and published in the 'Parergon', Ortelius's atlas of the ancient world. Orientated with north to the right, the map marks British tribes and Roman town names as well as Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall. Although the detail of the map is classical, the coastline is taken form Mercator's map of 1564 and Saxton's of 1579. Oddly, the four ships decorating the sea are all modern galleons. VAN DEN BROECKE: 192;
[Ref: 19447]    £1,450.00 ($1,810 • €1,643 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [16th century Dutch map of the British Isles in fine contemporary colouring]
Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, Sive Britannicar: Insularum Descriptio. Antwerp: 1595, Latin edition. Fine original colour. 345 x 500mm.
A very fine example of the classic collector's map of the British Isles, published in the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', regarded as the first modern atlas. The map was oriented with north to the right so that the map fitted the sheet of paper, as it predates the convention of north to the top. SHIRLEY: British Isles 1477-1650, 86 - 'more sophisticated and ebullient style of engraving'; VAN DEN BROECKE: 16, state 3 of 3.
[Ref: 19459]    £1,900.00 ($2,371 • €2,153 rates)


MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [Ptolemaic map of the British Isles]
Tabula Europae Prima. Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1596, First edition. 135 x 175mm.
The British Isles according to Ptolemy, with Scotland orientated to the East. The map was engraved by Girolamo Porro for Magini's pocket edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia', with this example coming from the first edition, with text in Latin. SHIRLEY: 191.
[Ref: 18778]    £250.00 ($312 • €283 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 ($6,240 • €5,665 rates)


MERCATOR, Gerard. [The classic early 17th century Mercator map of the British Isles]
Anglia, Scotia et Hibernia. Amsterdam, Jodocus Hondius, 1613, Latin edition. Original colour. 335 x 415mm.
A map of the British Isles with a highly decorative strapwork title cartouche, with Mercator's engraved signature lower left. It was first published in 1595; this example from the Latin text edition of 1613 KOEMAN: ME 22; SHIRLEY: British Isles 180.
[Ref: 11196]    £950.00 ($1,186 • €1,076 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 ($1,248 • €1,133 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 ($1,186 • €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 ($1,373 • €1,246 rates)


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