London, South Kensington
3 October 2006
BLAEU, Willem (1571-1638) & Jan BLAEU (1596-1673). Britannia prout divisa suit temporibus Anglo-Saxonum. [Amsterdam: c.1645]. Hand-coloured engraved map, 7 costumed tribal figures in left-hand border, 7 narrative scenes in right-hand border, title cartouche, galleons (sections cut away from lower edge and replaced ?in manuscript, a few repaired tears, some light browning), 416 x 525mm. Framed and glazed. Shirley 549: "The unknown engraver for Jan Blaeu has re-created each of the 14 scenes as an unmistakeable Dutch miniature in the dramatic style of the greater paintings of the time. When coloured in the best contemporary tradition, Blaeu's map is one of the finest available."
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