Rare and elegantly engraved chart of the British Isles and English Channel, based on a chart by Anthony Jacobsz from 1644. Place names are confined to the coastlines, and soundings, rocks, shoals, and other navigational information are included. Two decorative compass roses orient north to the right. The title cartouche is flanked by two ancient Britons, who stand upon sea monsters and hold the royal coat of arms. This is the first state, prior to the names of the seas being added. French text on verso.
References: Shirley (BI to 1650) #659; Shirley (BI to 1750) Jansson 1; Phillips (A) #5944-25.
A good impression with minor show-through of text on verso, a couple of tiny spots, and a small hole off the southwestern coast of Wales that has been professionally infilled.