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The Mapping of North America

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The origin of this small two volume edition of William Camden’s ‘Britannia’ is laid out in the Preface. ‘The last Edition of our Author, Publish’d by the Ingenious Mr. Gibson, met with that Acceptance in the World as might be expected: But it being a very large Volume, and, upon account of its Maps and other Sculptures, unavoidably high in its Price, it was thought it might be of Publick Use, to Publish an Abridgement of this Author …’ To enable this the text was drawn from the Latin text of Regner Vitellius from the edition of Willem Blaeu published in Amsterdam in 1617. This edition was printed by J. Brockwell and included the series of maps by John Seller first published in the ‘Anglia Contracta’. The bibliographies call for 60 maps but in this example a map of the Isle of Wight is included in the chapter on Hampshire. It is interesting to note that John Seller’s junior at first shared his premises with a printer called Richard Wilde. It is possible that Richard Wilde and Joseph Wild the printer here are related. Provenance: inscription of James Bourke dated 25 February 1789 on dedication leaf; George Mealy, Kilkenney 1968; acquired from Clive A. Burden Ltd. March 1990; private collection. Chubb (1927) 120; ESTC T110653; Hodson (1984-97) no. 122, pp. 123-4; Shirley (2004) T.Camd 6a; Skelton (1970) 122; Tyacke (1978) p. 140; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

Camden's Britannia Abridg'd with Improvements, and Continuations, to this present Time

Joseph Wild, at the Elephant at Charing-Cross, London, 1701
Octavo, two volumes (185 x 111 mm. each), early half calf, marbled paper boards, spine with double gilt ruled compartments, dark calf gilt title labels affixed. With typographic title pages to both volumes laid down, pp. (34), 462 (lacking final two leaves); (10); frontispiece engraved portrait of William Camden by M. V. Gucht (repaired tear), (2), (paginated 467-822), 103, 2 copies of Camden’s portrait laid down, with 61 engraved maps (complete).
Stock number: 10724
£ 1,150
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