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Britannia Romana

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Britannia Romana : R. Morden

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This attractive map shows the Roman kingdoms of England and Wales, and was published in Camden's "Britannia". The boundaries of each kingdom are clearly delineated with colour and a decorative title cartouche is also given. The Roman names are also attributed to the towns and cities. The title appears in a cartouche at upper left. William Camden (1551-1623) was an English historian and antiquary who devoted himself to the study of the antiquities of Britain, travelling round the country visiting sites. The results of his work were brought together in the "Britannia", first published in 1586 then much reissued and augmented over the following two centuries. However, one of the few criticisms levelled at the first edition of this work was the absence of maps. This failing was remedied in the sixth edition of 1607 for which maps were commissioned from William Kip and William Hole. Such was the popularity of the "Britannia" with its history and nature of the English and Welsh counties, that the work was re-published under the editorship of Edmund Gibson in 1695 (and then 1722, c.1730, 1753 and 1772) with maps by Robert Morden. Richard Gough (1735-1809), the celebrated English collector and one-time Director of the Society of Antiquaries, also edited a 1789 edition of the "Britannia" with maps by John Cary. The frequency with which the Britannia was re-printed and the number of editions, under different editors, is proof of the work's popularity.
mapmaker: R. Morden  
place and date of publication: London 1695
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 355 by 420mm (14 by 16.5 inches).
ref: 43435

Price: £ 300

 
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