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Magnae Britanniae Et Hiberniae Tabula

Magnae Britanniae Et Hiberniae Tabula : H. Hondius / J. Jansson

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An attractive and elegantly decorated map of the British Isles. Until the early 1980s it was thought that this map had been newly engraved in 1630/31 as part of the major effort mounted by Jan Jansson and Henricus Hondius to meet growing competition from the Blaeu family. However, for his British Isles map Hondius (like Blaeu) drew on an earlier plate - the bordered plate first engraved by him in 1617. The borders have now been cut off and the date 1631 added to Hondius' imprint in the lower right-hand corner. This example is of a 1633 French edition. This distinctive engraving is artistically designed with a large figured titlepiece at top left balanced by an inset detail of the Orkney Islands at top right above three banner bearing mermaids. Sailing ships and a decorated mileage scale complete this detailed map to create an imposing image.
mapmakers: H. Hondius   J. Jansson
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1631-1633
medium and colour: copperplate, Colour
size in mm: 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 41185
literature: Shirley, Early Printed Maps Of The British Isles, 462 (435).

Price: £ 1000

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