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By: Johannes Blaeu
Date: 1645 (circa)
Publication: Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas
Condition Code: A
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Color: hand color
Size: 20.8 x 16.3 inches
52.9 x 41.4 cm
Magnificent map of Anglo-Saxon Britain flanked by elaborate vignettes depicting kings and scenes from Saxon history. The scenes are identical in subject matter to those used by John Speed. However they are presented in the dramatic, Dutch miniature style. The left border contains portraits of the earliest kings, while the right one depicts later kings in the process of conversion to Christianity. Included is a scene of Ethelbert receiving instruction from Saint Augustine and another of Sebert re-consecrating the temples of Diana and Apollo, now St. Paul's, London and St. Peters, Westminster. The map shows England, Scotland and Wales divided into the various Saxon kingdoms, each decorated with its coat-of-arms. A superb example of Dutch cartographic design and engraving. French text on verso, published between 1645-48.
See also lot 794 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference book, Early Printed Maps of the British Isles, which discusses this map.
Condition Description: Fine impression with superb color heightened with gold. There is some surface soil, as well as a few minor creases and tears in the blank margin, still overall fine condition.
Ref: Shirley (BI to 1650) #549; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #5000H:2B.