Auction 135, Lot 431

"Britannia Prout Divisa fuit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Britain

Period: 1662 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16.3 inches
52.6 x 41.4 cm

Elaborate vignettes depicting kings and scenes from Saxon history flank this magnificent map of Britain. The scenes are identical in subject matter to those used by John Speed. However they are presented in the dramatic, Dutch miniature style. 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, Scotland and Wales divided into the various Saxon kingdoms, each decorated with its coat-of-arms. A superb example of Dutch cartographic design and engraving. Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley (BI) #549.

Condition: A

Nice impression with original color with minor oxidation. Professional repair on the lower centerfold and in the blank margins.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 2/16/2011