Auction 124, Lot 421

"Engalond Anglia Anglosaxonum Heptarchia", Hole, William

Subject: England & Wales

Period: 1637 (published)

Publication: Camden's Britannia

Color: Hand Color

12.5 x 10.8 inches
31.8 x 27.4 cm

An uncommon and early map of England during the period of the Heptarchy, showing the seven nations of the early Anglo-Saxons. The map is labeled with names that purport to be in an Anglo-Saxon script, with a key at the upper left to helpfully decode the names. The map is adorned with a spectacular compass rose, a finely engraved cartouche, as well as vigorous sea monsters and ships in the ocean. Only one other example of this map has appeared in any price guides for the last 25 years.

References: Moreland & Bannister p. 212.

Condition: A

A sound sheet of laid paper with a good impression. The margins have some faint discoloration and there are a couple minor creases.

Estimate: $400 - $550

Sold for: $475

Closed on 5/7/2008