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CAMDEN, W. - (Title page) Britannia.

CAMDEN, W. -  (Title page) Britannia.
(Title page) Britannia. - CAMDEN, W.
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Title : (Title page) Britannia..
Map maker : CAMDEN, W..
Date : London, W.Hole, ca. 1607.
Size : 10.4 x 6.4 inches. / 26.3 x 16.3 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Very attractive and decorative early 17th century frontispiece from Camden's Britannia.
Below the title, a map of Britain, inscribed with the Latin names places and tribes; above the title, a cartouche depicting the figure of Britannia, with shield and spear, seated on a rock beside the sea; to the left of the title, a bearded and nude male figure with crown and trident, accompanied by various marine animals and a large fish wrapped around one leg; to the right of the title, a female figure holding wheat; bottom left, a ship; bottom right, a cathedral; bottom centre, a cartouche depicting buildings, baths, and Stonehenge.

William Camden was the father of antiquarian studies in Britain. He first published Britannia in Latin in 1586. It is the first thorough account of Roman Britain and also discusses the peoples of Britain before and immediately after the Romans. ¤

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Condition : With an expertly repaired tear in left margin running 2cm into engraving, hardly notable. Closed printers crease in upper right corner. In good condition.

ID: 39543

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