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Auction 141, Lot 409

"Angliae Regni Florentissimi Nova Descriptio, Auctore Humfredo Lhuyd Denbygiense", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: England & Wales

Period: 1573 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 15 inches
47 x 38.1 cm

Stunning map of England and Wales compiled from Mercator's 1564 wall map of the British Isles and Lhuyd's manuscript map of 1568. The countryside is fully engraved with topographical features and hundreds of towns. This map improved on Mercator's outline of the countries particularly in Cardigan and South Wales, the Devon peninsula, and the Wash and Humber inlets. Interestingly the Caernarvon peninsula, near Lhuyd's hometown of Denbigh, is badly distorted and it has been suggested that this may be due to his sketching it from one of the nearby mountains. Sea monsters and five sailing ships occupy the stipple engraved oceans. A flock of sheep is shown in Ireland and there are two large, elaborate cartouches. Published in the first Dutch edition in 1573.

References: Van den Broecke #19.1; Shirley (BI to 1650) #101.

Condition: B+

Attractive old color with light damp stains in blank margins, barely entering map at the corners. There is a 0.75" tear in the left blank margin and some minor creasing in the blank margins.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/5/2012