Anglia regnum si quod aliud in toto Oceano ditissimum et florentissimum

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Coloured map of England, Wales. Printed in Antwerp by J. B. Vrients in 1603.

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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.

Details

CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleAnglia regnum si quod aliud in toto Oceano ditissimum et florentissimum
Publisher, YearJ. B. Vrients, Antwerp, 1603
Plate Size38.5 x 48.2 cm (15.2 x 19.0 inches)
Sheet Size43.0 x 52.0 cm (16.9 x 20.5 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 20; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 5100:31B.

Condition

Very good condition.

Cartographer

Abraham Ortelius was born 1527 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term Atlas was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the Parergon Theatri which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately.

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Coloured map of England, Wales. Printed in Antwerp by J. B. Vrients in 1603.

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