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Description: This beautifully hand coloured original copper plate engraved antique map of the English county of Oxfordshire was published in the 1647 Dutch edition of Joan Blaeus Atlas Novus. There is also the added bonus on the verso of the map with an early depiction of Stonehenge engraving to text.
Background: This along with John Speeds map, is one of the most decorative of Oxfordshire. The basic cartographic information is derived from Speed's map, but presented with Blaeu typical elegance & decoration. These include coats-of-arms of the Oxford colleges along the sides, each expertly coloured, as well crests of nobility, the Royal coat-of-arms, and a title cartouche flanked by two Oxford scholars.Blaeu is one of the most revered map makers of all time and it is easy to see why in this beautiful original map. The high level of the topographical detail, the quality of the paper, the artistic professionalism of the engraving and the beauty of the original hand colouring combine to produce a work of art that is both functional and of exceptional beauty. (Ref: Koeman; M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Yellow, pink, red, blue, green General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 23 1/2in x 19 1/2in (600mm x 495mm) Plate size: - 20in x 15 1/4in (510mm x 390mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - None Verso: - None