Nova & Accuratissima Celeberrimae Universitatis Civitatisque Oxoniensis Scenographia.
Selling price: $1300
Sold in 2017
These include 18 colleges, 6 halls, several churches, as well as inns, ‘The Physick Garden’, ‘The Public Library’, ‘The Theater’, amongst others. In the upper left corner is a perspective view of the city taken from the east, ‘Oxoniae Prospectus ab Oriente’.
Altogether, Loggan’s work gives an unparalleled view of Oxford as it appeared during the Caroline Restoration, a period of great prosperity for the city and it’s legendary university. Dedication to Henry Compton. From Loggan's Oxonia illustrata ... [Oxford : The Sheldonian Theatre].
The map was made by David Loggan (1634 – 1692), who is most famous for his views of both Oxford and Cambridge. He was born to British parents in the Hanseatic Free City of Danzig in Prussia (today’s Gdansk, Poland). There he trained under Willem Hondius, the Royal Engraver to King Wladyslaw IV Waza and, at his recommendation, relocated to Amsterdam to study under Crispijn van de Passe II. Loggan moved to London in the late 1650s where he found success in his field, notably as the engraver of title page for the famous Book of Common Prayer (1662). Fleeing the Great Plague of London of 1665, he moved to Nuffield, Oxfordshire.
In 1669, Loggan became the ‘public sculptor’ to Oxford University and proceeded to sketch all of the city’s colleges and most famous monuments. He engraved his views and the present map with great skill, in the refined manner taught to him by Hondius. Assisted by his student, Robert White, his works (including the present edition of the map) were first published within Loggan’s Oxonia Illustrata (Oxford: at the Sheldonian Theatre, 1675), today regarded as one of the great classics of Oxfordiana.
In 1675, Loggan moved back to London where he became a successful art advisor and dealer to the aristocracy. He simultaneously became involved in a lengthy project to do for Cambridge what he had done for Oxford. This led to the publication of his Cantabrigia illustrata (1690).
The present first edition of the Oxford map, from Loggan’s original 1675 edition of his Oxonia Illustrata, is today quite scarce on the market. Remaining highly influential for decades, the map was both reissued and copied on several occasions, notably by Henry Overton in 1705.
Reference: OCLC: 316407507.
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