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Auction 184, Lot 451

Jansson's Splendid Heptarchy Map

"Britannia Prout Divisa Suit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Britain

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16.5 inches
52.6 x 41.9 cm
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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. Latin text on verso.

References: Shirley (BI to 1650) #577; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #5000H:1B.

Condition: B

Full contemporary color with light toning, scattered foxing, and a long centerfold separation that has been closed on verso with old paper. There are a few small cracks and one tiny chip in the decorative elements due to the oxidation of the green pigment that have been archivally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/15/2021