Auction 146, Lot 396

"Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Britain

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

21.6 x 16.9 inches
54.9 x 42.9 cm

Jan Jansson based this elegant piece on Willem Blaeu's 1631 map of the British Isles. The isles themselves are densely detailed, with a great deal of towns, rivers, and topographical features identified. There are three strapwork cartouches, encasing the title, an inset of the Orkney Islands, and a trio of distance scales. A royal coat of arms appears at top left, flanked by a lion and a unicorn, and several sailing ships, two compass roses, and a sea monster fill the ocean. Latin text on verso.

References: Shirley (BI to 1650) #576.

Condition: B

A nice impression in old color with light offsetting that is common with maps from this atlas and faint foxing. The map has been expertly remargined with a portion of neatline replaced in facsimile, and several additional tears that enter half to two inches into image that have also been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/4/2013