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Auction 134, Lot 399

"Britannia Prout Divisa fuit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Britain

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16.5 inches
52.6 x 41.9 cm
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Magnificent map of Anglo-Saxon Britain flanked by elaborate vignettes depicting kings and scenes from Saxon history. Jansson modeled the map directly after Blaeu's map of the same title. Jansson's version can be distinguished by an additional herald in Ireland and rhumb lines radiating from the compass roses. The left border contains portraits of the earliest kings, while the right one depicts later kings in the process of conversion to Christianity. Included is a scene of Ethelbert receiving instruction from Saint Augustine and another of Sebert re-consecrating the temples of Diana and Apollo, now St. Paul's, London and St. Peters, Westminster. The map shows England divided into the various Saxon kingdoms, each decorated with its coat-of-arms. A superb example of Dutch cartographic design and engraving. Blank on verso.

References: Shirley (BI) #577.

Condition: B+

Overall evenly toned with wide original margins. There is a small chip in the margin, well away from the map, and some brown paper tape on the paper edges of the verso from a previous framing.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 12/1/2010