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The Mapping of North America

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Jean Le Clerc was an engraver, bookseller and publisher who spent a number of years in Tours before moving to Paris sometime around 1594. This very rare map is derived from the Abraham Ortelius – Christopher Saxton map of 1603. This example is in the second state with his name present. The first is of extreme rarity surviving in just a handful of examples. It replicates Saxton’s map of England of 1579 in a beautifully engraved style with a naval battle taking place off the Cornish coast. The map is rarely found in as good a condition. Le Clerc is most noted for his separately published set of continental maps c.1602. In 1619 he re-issued Maurice Bouguereau’s ‘Theatre Francois’ of 1594 as the ‘Theatre Geographique du Royaume de France’ and included many new plates. Kelly (2007) ‘Maps of the British Isles, England and Wales, and Ireland’, in ‘Mappae Antiquae Liber Amicorum Günter Schilder’ pp. 228-33; Loeb-Larocque (1989) ‘Ces Hollandaises habillees a Paris ou L’exploitation de la cartographie hollandaise par les editeurs parisiens au XVIIe siecle’, in ‘Theatrum Orbis Librorum. Liber Amicorum presented to Nico Israel’ pp. 16-17; Pastoureau (1984) Le Clerc p. 295; Shirley (1991) 271.

Anglia Regnum si quod Aliud in Toto Oceano Ditissimum et Florentissimum

Paris, c.1605
A SUPERB EXAMPLE IN FULL EARLY WASH COLOUR. 380 x 480 mm., the top centrefold split repaired, just into the image, two small areas of top margin missing, not affecting the image and repaired, otherwise a decent example of a very rare map in early wash colour.
Stock number: 5308


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