Rare and very decorative map of England and Wales after the map of England by Christopher Saxton from 1579. Commissioned by Jacob Vrients and engraved by Pieter van den Keere, probably the finest engraver of his time. Vrients used the map in the Ortelius atlases published by him between 1602 and 1613. According to Marcel Van den Broecke, only 425 copies were printed, a small number compared to most Ortelius maps. Since only a small percentage of the maps survived this long time, this is the reason for the great rarity of the Vrients Anglia regnum map today. This example comes from the Latin edition of the Ortelius Atlas printed in 1603.
Decorated with three cartouches, a naval battle commemorating the victory over the Spanish Armada and a coat of arms with the inscription Hony soit qui mal y pense (Shame on those who think badly about it). Latin text on verso.
|Title||Anglia regnum si quod aliud in toto Oceano ditissimum et florentissimum|
|Publisher, Year||J. B. Vrients, Antwerp, 1603|
|Plate Size||38.5 x 48.2 cm (15.2 x 19.0 inches)|
|Sheet Size||43.0 x 52.0 cm (16.9 x 20.5 inches)|
|Reference||Van den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 20; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 5100:31B.|
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