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A scarce, separate-issue map of the British Isles with decorative borders

Stock No. 23728 Category: Tags: , Cartographer: VISSCHER, Claes Janszoon.

Tabula Magnae Britanniae continens Angliam Scotiam, et Hiberniam nuperrim? edita per Nicolaum Joannis Visscher.
Amsterdam, Nicholaes Janszoon Visscher, c.1650. Coloured. 460 x 545mm.

£4,000

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A superbly-decorated carte-?-figure map of the British Isles. The borders contain: prospects of London and Edinburgh; plans of Newcastle, Cambridge, Canterbury, York, Oxford, Galway, Dublin, Norwich, Bristol and Chester; portrait of Elizabeth I and James I; eight costume vignettes of the English, Scots and Irish; and the arms of James I, England, Scotland and Ireland.
The map had a long life: it engraved by Abraham Goos and first issued c.1623; it was reissued with the dates of 1630 & 1650 (as this example); a fourth state saw the borders beaten out so the map could be extended, with more modern decorations; and finally c.1679 with Visscher's name removed.
The map was highly influential: it was immediately copied by Jodocus Hondius II, whose plate was one of those bought by Willem Blaeu to incorporate into his own atlas.

Additional information

Dimensions 545 × 460 mm
Cartographer

Date

1650

Extra Info

Tabula Magnae Britanniae continens Angliam Scotiam, et Hiberniam nuperrim? edita per Nicolaum Joannis Visscher.

Publication

Amsterdam, Nicholaes Janszoon Visscher, c.1650. Coloured. 460 x 545mm.

Condition

Trimmed to printed border, margins replaced, repairs to centre fold, laid on archival paper.

References

SHIRLEY: British Isles 670 & 384 for the original issue. SHIRLEY: British Isles 1650-1750, Visscher 1. for list of states.