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Tabula Magnae Britanniae Continens Angliam Scotiam et Hiberniam

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Tabula Magnae Britanniae Continens Angliam Scotiam et Hiberniam : C. J. Visscher

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A very decorative, finely engraved and rare carte-a-figures. The beginning of the seventeenth saw the production of a number of elegant maps of many countries of the world using side borders decorated with costumed figures or people of the countries shown and the upper and lower margins incorporating plans or panoramas of that region's major cities. This engraving, by Abraham Goos, was published by Claes Janszoon Visscher in about 1623 and reissued, as here and with a revised imprint, by his son Nicolas Johannes Visscher, in 1650. Cities shown include Newcastle, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Canterbury, York, Oxford, Galway, Dublin, Norwich, Bristol, and Chester, and the side panels feature nobility and the people of England, Ireland and Scotland. Portraits at the top left and right show James I and his son, Prince Charles. According to the major carto-bibliographic listing of this map, Rodney Shirley's "Early Printed Maps of the British Isles 1477-1650" this example appears to be a variant issue - lacking the called-for date of 1650 in this re-issue. This very attractive map has, however suffered damage at some time in the past - the upper full-length panels at left and right have been removed and are now expertly recreated, but remain uncoloured. Protective margins added. Very rare in any edition and priced with regard to condition.
mapmaker: C. J. Visscher  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam c. 1623 - 1650
medium and colour: copperplate, coloured
size in mm: 465 by 560mm (18.25 by 22 inches).
ref: 43244
literature: R.W. Shirley " "Early Printed Maps of the British Isles 1477-1650" 384/670

Price: £ 2000

 
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