Auction 126, Lot 456

"Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae Tabulae, Die Britannischen Insulen", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Britain

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication: Newe Archontologia Cosmica…

Color: Hand Color

14 x 10.6 inches
35.6 x 26.9 cm

This handsome map of Britain is based on Blaeu's similar map. An inset of the Orkney Islands is enclosed in a strapwork cartouche and the map is beautifully embellished with the royal coat of arms, sailing ships, a compass rose and a garland draped title cartouche. Merian's signature is at bottom right.

References: Shirley [BI] #489.

Condition: B+

Backed with Japanese tissue repairing some marginal tears.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/3/2008