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Auction 158, Lot 225

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

Subject: Britain

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 15.4 inches
50.5 x 39.1 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

Excellent impression and color with wide margins, a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold, and very light soiling confined to the blank margins. There are a few minor chips along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $320

Closed on 6/22/2016