Decorative Map of Britain with Vignettes of Saxon History
"Britannia Prout Divisa suit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia", Blaeu, Johannes
Period: 1645 (circa)
Publication: Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
20.8 x 16.3 inches
52.8 x 41.4 cm
Magnificent map of Anglo-Saxon Britain flanked by elaborate vignettes depicting kings and scenes from Saxon history. 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.
Excellent impression and color with good margins.