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Auction 106, Lot 288

"Britannia Prout Divisa fuit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Britain

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16.5 inches
52.6 x 41.9 cm
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Magnificent map of Anglo-Saxon Britain flanked by elaborate vignettes of the kings of the period. Jansson modeled the map directly after Blaeu's map of the same title. Jansson's version can be distinguished by an additional herald in Ireland and rhumb lines radiating from the compass roses. 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 divided into the various Saxon kingdoms, each decorated with its coat-of-arms. A superb example of Dutch cartographic engraving.

References: Shirley (BI) #577.

Condition: A

Top and bottom margins professionally extended to accommodate framing. Fresh period-style color.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 3/3/2004