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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 ($23,130 • €21,024 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 ($5,783 • €5,256 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 ($1,863 • €1,694 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 ($2,442 • €2,219 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 ($6,425 • €5,840 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 ($1,285 • €1,168 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 ($1,221 • €1,110 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 ($1,414 • €1,285 rates)


LOON, Jan van. [A scarce Dutch sea chart of the western British Isles and Ireland]
Pascaerte van Engeland, Schotlandt, Yerlant en een gedeelte van Franckryk. Amsterdam, 1661. Original wash colour. 430 x 540mm. Repairs at top margin, with small nick in bottom edge.
A 17th century sea chart of the British Isles and the English Channel, orientated with north to the right. The east coasts of England and Scotland are covered by the title cartouche and four inset details; van Loon regarded them as superfluous as they are shown on his chart of the North Sea. The four insets, depicted as tromp l'oeil sheets pinned on a wall, are: the Seine estuary; Poole Harbour, the Solent and Isle of Wight; the Cornish coast from the Lizard to Plymouth; and the Thames from Sheppey to London. SHIRLEY: British Isles, Van Loon 1. KOEMAN: Loon 1.
[Ref: 19334]    £1,700.00 ($2,185 • €1,986 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [First edition of Du Val's folio map of the British Isles]
Carte des Isles Britaniques où Sont les Royaumes d'Angleterre, et d'Escosse, que nous appellons Grande Bretagne et celui d'Irlande.. Paris, 1665. Original colour. 475 x 350mm,
The first state of this uncommon separate-issue map of the British Isles, not included in Du Val atlases until 1677. The title is within a rococo cartouche; off the East Anglian coast is a vignette sea-battle, representing the Anglo-Dutch Battle of Lowestoft of 1665, the year this map was published. SHIRLEY: British Isles 1650-1700, Duval 2, first state.
[Ref: 19059]    £800.00 ($1,028 • €934 rates)


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