Auction 150, Lot 410

"Insularum Britannicarum Acurata Delineatio ex Geographicis Conatibus Abrahami Ortelii", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Britain

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 15.5 inches
51.1 x 39.4 cm

A handsome map of the British Isles that has seas filled with sailing ships, sea monsters and compass roses, with north oriented to the right. This is Jansson's historical map of the British Isles after Abraham Ortelius, crisply engraved by Petrus Kaerius. Hadrian's Wall stands as a major feature separating Scotland from England, and the Antonine Wall is noted across the central part of England as well. The interior of the map is filled with place names and charming, pictorial topography. The map is further embellished with a large and decorative title cartouche flanked by a Briton and a Celt. This is the second state with the addition of three compass roses and radiating rhumb lines. No text on verso.

References: Shirley (BI to 1650) #466; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #5000H:1A; Phillips (A) #3427.

Condition: A+

A lovely old colored example on a clean, bright sheet with excellent margins and very minor retouching of color.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/17/2014