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Auction 109, Lot 351

"Angliae et Hiberniae Accurata Descriptio…", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Britain

Period: 1605 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 17 inches
57.2 x 43.2 cm

An exceptionally rare map of England, Wales and Ireland by Jan Baptist Vrients who acquired the rights to publication of the Theatrum after Ortelius' death and included several of his own maps in subsequent editions. The fine engraving, believed to be by the Arsenius brothers, includes excellent geographical information and is embellished with a selection of artistically located ships, sea monsters, mermaids, Neptune, and coats of arms. Filling the right side of the map is an inset genealogical tree of the British kings from William the Conqueror (1066) to King James (1603). The cartouche in the lower left corner includes a list of the fifty-two shires with their characteristics. This is the second state published in a Latin edition circa 1612. Van den Broecke estimates that there were only 1650 copies of this map printed and currently fewer than 17 are in circulation. Narrow margins, as is usual for this map. A very attractive map even with its minor defects.

References: Van den Broecke #17.

Condition: B

Fine original color. Paper toned, more so on verso, with some damp stains in upper and lower left corners. Old repair on bottom centerfold separation. Couple of chips in margins with loss of neatline at upper left corner. Three tiny pinholes in map.

Estimate: $3,250 - $3,750

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 12/1/2004