"Brtiannicae Insulae in Quibus Albium sive Britannia Maior Iuernia sive Britannia Minor...", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1641 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
20.6 x 15.6 inches
52.3 x 39.6 cm
This uncommon map of the British Isles depicts the Roman tribes, towns, and ancient divisions. It was engraved by Melchior Tavernier. Curiously, there is no engraved border on the right. The title is enclosed in a lovely strapwork cartouche. Originally published in Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…, the map, like many of Sanson's works, appeared in a number of bound collections of maps by French cartographers.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A , Philips (A) #4260-104; Shirley (BI to 1650) #515.
Contemporary outline color on a sheet with an elaborate coat of arms watermark. There is negligible foxing and printer's ink residue and an old paper repair on verso at bottom right.