An attractive and rare early 17th century miniature map of Monmouthshire which was engraved by Pieter Van Keere and published in Gulielmi Camdeni, Viri Clarissimi Britannia (Amsterdam: W. Jansson [W. J. Blaeu], 1617).
The maps from this series were originally engraved in Amsterdam sometime between 1599 and 1605 by the the renowned Dutch engraver, Pieter Van Den Keere (Latin name: Petrus Kaerius). The plates were then issued in 1617 in an abridged version to Camden’s Britannia before finally coming into the possession the English publisher, George Humble (in c.1619) who published them in a ‘pocket atlas’ to accompany the larger Speed maps, hence the popular misnomer ‘miniature Speed’. The ‘miniature Speed’ maps differ from the earlier issue(s) as their titles were altered into English and individual plate numbers added.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 12.3cms by 8.5cms.
- The map is in very good condition. The bottom margin is close, as issued and there is some very minor show through from the text on the reverse. Click on image for better view
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 400 years old