'Hartforde Shire, with some confining Townes' [Hertfordshire] by M. Simmons / Jacob Van Langeren c.1636

'Hartforde Shire, with some confining Townes' [Hertfordshire] by M. Simmons / Jacob Van Langeren c.1636
SKU: vasi/hert/001

An interesting, unusual and very rare 17th century triangular distance table / 'thumbnail' map of Hertfordshire which was engraved by Jacob Van Langeren and published in Matthew Simmons' A Direction for the English Traviller* (London: M. Simmons, 1636).

Now a feature in most modern atlases, the triangular distance table was a 17th century innovation devised by the renowned cartographer, John Norden (1548-1626) who first published them in 1625. Ten years later, Norden's tables were copied by the Dutch engraver, Jacob Van Langeren, for Matthew Simmon's 'Direction for the English Travailler'. To assist the traveller further, a set of 'thumbnail' county maps were added to the bottom right of each table -- thus making the 'English Travailler' the first travel book to contain maps. The maps themselves were based on those which appeared on a set 1590 playing cards by William Bowes.

  • This is an original copperplate engraving.
  • Printed area is approximately 10.2cms by 10.3cms.
  • The map / distance table is in very good condition with adequate margins. There is a small iron mould spot just above the map. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame green acid free mount.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 375 years old.