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This attractive map of England and Wales was most likely first published in or shortly after 1694 when William III became the sole sovereign following the death of Queen Mary. Published by Nicholaas Visscher the map displays the country divided into the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms as stated in the title. Each of the modern counties is named and their borders engraved. All the main post roads are included. The ornate title cartouche is designed by Philipp Tiedeman and engraved by Gelliam van den Gouwen whose names are present in the design. Shortly after publication the map was updated with the addition of the ‘Straits of Dover’. Printed on thicker paper this example likely dates from a later period at the hands of Elizabeth Verseyl.

Nicolaas Visscher II (1649-1702) had inherited the shop of his father of the same name upon his death in 1679. The following year he married Elizabeth Verseyl of Gouda. In 1682 he applied to the States of Holland and West Friesland for a patent for printing and publishing maps, it was granted the same year. From about 1683 he first published the ‘Atlas Minor’. A second patent was granted in 1697. Provenance: Doreen Green 2001; private English collection. Koeman (1967-70) III p. 179 no. 96; Shirley (1988) Visscher 3.2.

VISSCHER, Nicolaas

Angliae Regnum tam in Septem Antiqua Anglo-Saxonum Regna

Amsterdam, c.1695-[c.1720]
565 x 495 mm., early outline colour, on good thick paper in very good condition.
Stock number: 10549
£ 295
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