Ancient British Isles – Britannicarum Insularum Typus

by Abraham Ortelius


Date of first edition: 1595

Date of this map: 1595-1612

Dimensions (not including margins): 36,5 x 50,5 cm

Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving printed on strong paper. Centre fold is as published. Old coloured. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A+

Map reference: Van den Broecke 192. Van der Krogt 5000H:31B

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

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British Isles
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Britannica by Ortelius

Engraved by Jan Wierix. Bertius bought a number of sheets with this map en included the map in his historical 1619 atlas Theatrum Geographicae Veteris. Shirley also reports (p. 105) a copy from a mysterious 1603 edition with Italian text.

Note the elaborate ship just left of the cartouche. It represents state-of-the-art  shipbuilding, not of Greek or Roman antiquity, but of the Low Countries towards the end of the end of the 16th century. Such anachronistic illustrations were common in historic cartography.

Also note both the Hadrian (built ca. 122; declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1987)) and the Antonine walls.



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