Auction 122, Lot 456

"Insularum Britannicarum Acurata Delineatio ex Geographicis Conatibus Abrahami Ortelii", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Britain, Ireland and Scotland

Period: 1652 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 15.5 inches
51.6 x 39.4 cm

A handsome map of the British Isles that has seas filled with sailing ships, sea monsters and compass roses, with north oriented to the right. This is Jansson's historical map of the British Isles after Abraham Ortelius, crisply engraved by Petrus Kaerius. Hadrian's Wall stands as a major feature separating Scotland from England, and the Antonine Wall is noted across the central part of England as well. The interior of the map is filled with placenames and charming, pictorial topography. The map is further embellished with a large and decorative title cartouche flanked by a Briton and a Celt. French text on verso.

References: Phillips (A) #3427.

Condition: A

A superb impression with attractive color. The sheet has wide, original margins with some faint damp stain and a couple spots, well away from the map. The centerfold is reinforced on the verso at paper edges.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/5/2007