Auction 127, Lot 467

"Scholae Publicae Universitatis Oxon", Loggan, David

Subject: Oxford University, England

Period: 1675 (published)

Publication: Oxonia Illustrata, sive Omnium Celeberrimae istius Universitatis Collegiorum…

Color: Black & White

18.5 x 13.6 inches
47 x 34.5 cm

This rare and beautifully engraved copper plate map shows the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The title is in a ribbon in the sky with a putto also supporting a globe and book. From the first edition, without the page number at lower right. Finely engraved by David Loggan.

This engraving was one of 40 from Loggan’s rare work which is considered the earliest and best collection of Oxford views, although almost contemporary to the work of Guillelimus Williams Kip (Britannia Illustrata, 1707) and the Oxford Almanacks, published by the Oxford University Press beginning in 1674. Loggan worked on the plates for many years with historical accounts identifying several exhibitions from 1665 onward, but the collection was not published together until 1675.

Logan (1634-1692) was born in Poland and emigrated to Oxford to avoid the plague, where he worked on a publication detailing all of the Oxford colleges. Named Oxonia Ilustrata, it was published in 1675. He followed this with a similar work on the colleges of Cambridge, Cantabrigida Illustrata, published in 1690.


Condition: A

This example would be fine but for a little toning from a previous frame job. Some tape remnants on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $600


Closed on 2/25/2009