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This fine beautifully hand coloured original antique map of the Welsh county of Monmouth was engraved by Robert Morden & published by Abel Swale & John Churchil for the 1695 edition of Willam Camden's Britannia.
William Camden was an historian who first published his Britannia, a description and history of Britain, in 1586. Written in Latin, the book contained only a general map of the country but had a wide circulation and eventually in 1607 an edition (the sixth) was published with a series of maps with Latin text on the reverse. Further editions in English were published in 1610 and 1637 but without text. (Many more editions were published up until 1806 with map contributions from Blaeu in 1617, John Bill 1626, Robert Morden 1695-1772 and John Cary 1789-1806) In the 1610 & 1617 editions the maps were mostly engraved by William Kip and William Hole and were based on those of Christopher Saxton, but six were copied from John Norden. The map of Pembroke is by George Owen and the general maps of England/Wales, Scotland and Ireland were probably taken from Mercator. Kip reduced the size of each map for Britannia from the originals published by Christopher Saxton in 1579. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Light and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Early Colors used: - Red, yellow, blue, green, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 17 1/2in x 15in (445mm x 380mm) Plate size: - 16 1/2in x 14in (420mm x 355mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm) Imperfections: Margins: - 4 small repairs to bottom margin Plate area: - None Verso: - None