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Auction 190, Lot 332

Jansson's Splendid Heptarchy Map

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

Subject: Britain

Period: 1684 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 16.6 inches
52.8 x 42.2 cm
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Elaborate vignettes depicting kings and scenes from Saxon history flank this magnificent map of Britain. 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. Jansson copied Blaeu's map of the same title, adding several additional decorative elements - compass roses with radiating rhumb lines, three sailing ships, and an escutcheon in Ireland. Blank verso, possibly published in Accuratissima Orbis Delineatio... (1684).

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

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a few minor spots, an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom that enters 0.5" into map image, and another repaired centerfold separation in the top blank margin. There is a light dampstain at right that is not visible in the engraved image.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700


Closed on 11/16/2022