Auction 139, Lot 402

"Novissima Prae Caeteris aliis Accuratissima Regnorum Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae …", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Britain

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 23.3 inches
49.5 x 59.2 cm

Fine decorative map of Britain that includes an inset of the Faro, Shetland and Orkney Islands. The cartography of Ireland follows Petty's surveys and the map is fully engraved with political information. The title cartouche is surrounded by clouds in which putti display the coats of arms of England, Scotland and Ireland. The scale of miles is further embellished with the royal coat of arms during the reign of William and Mary (1689-94) and several figures. This is the second state.

References: Shirley (BI) De Wit 6.

Condition: B

Original color with some light spots and two cracks due to the oxidation of the green pigment, although paper is otherwise supple. Remargined on three sides with some of border in facsimile at top right and bottom right. There are centerfold separations that enter 1.5" into map image at right and left, and two 1" tears adjacent to centerfold at right, that have all been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/15/2012