380 x 470 mm., with recent wash colour, light image of previous mounting, otherwise in good condition.
This classic ornate map of England and Wales was first published in the 1573 edition of Abraham Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’, the first modern atlas. This map improved on the earlier Ortelius map of the British Isles published in 1570. This is particularly noticeable in the depiction of South Wales, Devon, the Wash and Humber River. The source for much of this new information is the Welsh historian and topographer Humphrey Lhuyd. He died in 1568 so the manuscript must have been finished by that date. It is possible it did not reach the hands of Ortelius until sometime after his death, most likely post 1570. This example is from the FIRST LATIN text edition and in the FIRST STATE. As such it is a sharp impression. Van der Broecke (1996) 19.2; North (1937); Shirley (1991) 98.