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The Mapping of North America

Mr. Philip D. Burden‚Äč
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Delightful tudor plan of this most important west country city. It was drawn and supplied by William Smith (1546-1618) more often referred to as the Anonymous mapmaker. Smith was educated at Oxford and from an early age he was interested in maps as his first surviving work is a town plan of 1568. In 1572-73 he translated the text of the German edition of Abraham Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ into English. He was a resident of Nuremberg from c.1575-c.1584 where he worked as the landlord of the Golden Goose Inn in what is now the Winklerstrasse at a time when the town was the principal map-making centre of south Germany. He produced a description of Nuremberg with a mixture of views, town plans, regional maps and descriptive text of the town’s history, economy and constitution. It undoubtedly provided the inspiration to John Norden’s similar later works of the counties. In 1581 he provided George Braun and Frans Hogenberg with a plan of Bristol which was included in their third volume of the ‘Civitates Orbis Terrerum’. Fordham ‘Town Plans of the British Isles’, in ‘Map Collectors’ Circle’ no. 22 p. 5; Koeman II B & H 3 no. 2.
BRAUN, George – HOGENBERG, Frans


Cologne, 1581-[88]
340 x 440 mm. Coloured example, with minor creasing down centrefold. Some damp staining to upper centrefold.
Stock number: 3235


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