JANSSON EDITION OF THE ANGLO-SAXON HEPTARCHY

 

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AUTHOR:

JANSSON, JAN

TITLE:

Britannia prout divisa suit temporibus... Heptarchia

CONDITION:

16-1/4” x 20-3/4”. Full original color. Excellent condition.

DATE:

c.1646

DESCRIPTION:

This highly decorative map by Jansson shows the British Isles at the time of the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy; the seven ancient kingdoms of Kent, the South Saxons, West Saxons, East Saxons, Northumberland, East Anglia and Mercia. This historical map is embellished with border panels depicting the seven kings in full battle dress & armor, and with scenes illustrating the conversion of each of the seven kingdoms to Christianity in wake of St. Augustine’s arrival in England in the year 597 A.D. The map is based on a famous work by Englishman John Speed, which was copied by both Willem Blaeu (1645) and Jan Jansson (1646) for their atlases of the British Isles. This Jansson edition is almost identical to the Blaeu, but can be distinguished by the addition of radiating compass lines across the sea areas of the map.

REFERENCES:

Shirley, Early printed maps of the British Isles, 577.

Inventory No. 7861

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