Auction 149, Lot 420

Decorative Map of Britain with Vignettes of Saxon History

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

Subject: Britain

Period: 1645 (circa)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 16.3 inches
51.6 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. French text on verso, published between 1645-48.

References: Shirley (BI to 1650) #549; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #5000H:2B.

Condition: A

A fine impression with full original color, light even toning, and professional repairs to a few small holes confined to blank margins. There is a printer's crease in the bottom right vignette.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 5/21/2014