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SOLD Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae
Date: c. 1579.
Size: 14.1 x 18.8 inches
Title: 'Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae, sive Brittanicar: Insularum descriptio'.
A famous map of the British Isles.
Probably the earliest map of the British Isles still readily available.., and the collector will at once see that the proportions of Ireland and Scotland compared with England and Wales are not correct; but, nevertheless, it was an influential map with a very wide circulation. Many of the names betray its ecclesiastical sources; it was issued only about thirty years after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and quite a number of the religious institutions shown on it no longer existed when it was published. No roads, rivers or bridges are shown, although towns where fords would have been are indicated, but it would have been practically useless as a route map. (Moreland & Bannister).
In good condition. A very minor tear at the right margin that crosses into the image. The paper is slightly brittle at one margin and a 1 cm piece of the image was chipped. It has been repaired by a professional and is hardly noticable. Would frame well and the faults are reflected in the price.