Auction 179, Lot 481

"Oxford 'So Venerable, So Serene, Whispering from Her Towers the Last Enchantments of the Middle Age.'",

Subject: Oxford, England

Period: 1948 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
22.9 x 17.6 inches
58.2 x 44.7 cm

This striking pictorial map of Oxford is by Kerry Lee and was published by his company Pictorial Maps Ltd. for the Travel Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It presents a lovely bird's-eye view of the city centre, complete with the various roads, colleges, churches, and other sites of interest. The view is teeming with illustrations of historical events and figures from Oxford's past, from the arrival of city founder King Memphric in 1000 B.C. to the ascent of balloonist James Sadler in 1784. A stunning decorative border surrounds the map, featuring emblems of the colleges and vignettes of various founders and alumni. Just as you will find illustrations of Georg Hoefnagel within his own compositions for Braun and Hogenberg, artist Kerry Lee appears signing his name beside his dog in the bottom right hand corner of the map. Other maps in this popular series include London, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool, and Leeds. Printed in Great Britain by Chromoworks Ltd.

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Condition: A

A colorful example on a bright sheet with a few tiny edge tears confined to the top blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/16/2020

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