A very rare map of Britain by Philippe Briet (1601-1668). Born in Abbeville, he became a Jesuit at eighteen years old. His ‘Parallela Geographiae’ was both a modern and a classical geography work. The first volume appeared in 1648; the second and a supplement were published in 1649. There were no less than 144 maps in total, and it is considered a well written methodical rare book. It was published in Paris by Pierre Mariette. Briet taught the humanities in various institutions including the Paris College. He died after a long illness in 1668. This map depicts the whole of Britain derived from Christopher Saxton. This is an example of the first issue with the text on the verso, a second was published in 1653. Provenance: Doreen Green 1996; private English collection. Pastoureau (1980) Briet I no. 26; Shirley (1991) 628; Shirley (2004) T.Brie 1a.