Jansson's Splendid Heptarchy Map in Full Contemporary Color
"Britannia Prout Divisa Suit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia", Jansson, Jan
Period: 1646 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
20.8 x 16.5 inches
52.8 x 41.9 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. Latin text on verso, published between 1646-59.
References: Shirley (BI to 1650) #577; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #5000H:1B.
Splendid, full contemporary color on a lightly toned sheet with a bit of soiling around the title cartouche and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1.5" into image at bottom.