465 x 550 mm., with recent wash colour, trimmed all round with professionally extended borders, with lower centre fold split, 5 cms. tear to the left of this with one further smaller one nearby, laid on fine paper, otherwise in good condition.
This is one of the most decorative maps of the British Isles produced during the golden Dutch period and one of the very earliest to include four decorative borders. Claes Jansz. Visscher’s map is offered here in its very rare final state before the decorative borders were removed. It was to have an immediate influence and was copied by many others. The map itself was engraved by Abraham Goos after that of John Speed. The four border design was first adopted by Jodocus Hondius in 1617 of which only two examples are recorded. Although undated the map was first issued before the death of James I in 1625. The decorative borders were etched in Visscher’s workshop and include town plans in the top and bottom borders. The sides are taken up with male and female figures of each of English, Irish and Scottish nobility followed by those of citizens and peasants. Campbell MCC 46 no. 23; Schilder MCN IV pp. 317-18, ill 3.232 & VI pp. 362-4; Shirley 384; Weinreb & Douwma Cat. 6 no. 224.