Comitatus Herefordiensis Hereford Shire
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A very rare early Dutch map of Hereford. Although Blaeu's county atlas of 1645 was the first of England and Wales to be published in Amsterdam, its maps were not the first of the counties to be engraved and published there. That honour goes to Jan Jansson who produced an incomplete series of British county maps which were published, as loose sheets and occasionally bound into more general atlases, prior to his own complete atlas of British maps in 1646. Each map was finely engraved but was amended for the atlas publication of 1646, many with the addition of coats of arms, alteration of decorative features or cartouches or re-naming of the county, from vernacular English to Latin, or vice versa . This is a fine example of a rare collector's map with attractive hand-colour.
mapmaker: J. Jansson
place and date of publication: Amsterdam c.1640
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 38257
size in mm: 375 by 495mm (14.75 by 19.5 inches).
literature: Koeman/Van der Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, I, [5510:1.1]
Price: £ 600
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