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*** Extremely rare British Isles map, by Pieter Verbiest. *** 1629

EXTREMELY RARE BRITISH ISLES MAP, BY PIETER VERBIEST

The map is surrounded by a series of engraved views of towns in oval frames, and by figures in costume. In the centre of the top border is a view of London, flanked on each side by three smaller town views.
Top border: Newcastle - Cambridge - Norwiche - London - Edynburg - Canterbury - Yorke.
Bottom border: Insigne Scotiae [coat of arms] - Oxford - Galwayl - Dubline - Insigne Angliae [coat of arms] - Montgomery - Bristow - Chester - Insigne Hiberniae [coat of arms].
Left and right: Costumed figures.

Schilder quotes three copies of this first edition with 4 borders: London, British Museum; Paris, Bibl. Nat.; Private Coll.
He quotes also a copy without borders and two without bottom border.
There is also a second edition (1646) with three recorded copies.
Hollstein only knows this map without borders


Pieter Verbiest (Petrus Verbist) and Isaak Verbiest (Isack Verbist)

Pieter Verbiest (Antwerpen, 1607-1674) was an Antwerp cartographer and engraver. Little is known about his life.
One of his most important works is the Novus Tabularum Geographicorum Belgicae (Antwerp, 1636), a pocket atlas of which two more editions were published later (1644 and 1652). Isaak Verbiest, probably a brother of Pieter, drew and engraved certain maps. Their collaboration also led to the production of two rare world maps.

Pieter Verbiest also published folio maps as separate publications. Koeman describes three editions of a Verbiest atlas of the Netherlands, published between 1636 and 1652. Only one copy of each of these atlases is known.
Verbiest-maps, some with beautiful decorative borders with city views, costumed figures and coats of arms, were sometimes bound in composite atlases. Occasionally, copies of these scarce maps come onto the market.

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Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae Tabula.

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Item Number:  27737
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > British Isles
References: Schilder 6 - #88.1; Shirley (BI to 1650) - #410; Hollstein XXXV - p.196 - Verbiest II, #25 (Without borders)

Old, antique map of the British Isles, by Pieter Verbiest.

On map: Antwerpiensis Peterus verBistus A° 1629.

With an inset of the Orcades.
With decorative borders.

First state - three copies recorded.

Date of the first edition: 1629
Date of this map: 1629
Date on map: 1629

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 46 x 54cm (17.9 x 21.1 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Original coloured, new bottom margin, part of bottom neatline trimmed, two additional vertical folds, good copy.
Condition Rating: B+
References: Schilder 6, #88.1; Shirley (BI to 1650), #410: Hollstein XXXV, p.196 - Verbiest II, #25 (Without borders)

Separate publication. From a composite atlas published c. 1630.

EXTREMELY RARE BRITISH ISLES MAP, BY PIETER VERBIEST

The map is surrounded by a series of engraved views of towns in oval frames, and by figures in costume. In the centre of the top border is a view of London, flanked on each side by three smaller town views.
Top border: Newcastle - Cambridge - Norwiche - London - Edynburg - Canterbury - Yorke.
Bottom border: Insigne Scotiae [coat of arms] - Oxford - Galwayl - Dubline - Insigne Angliae [coat of arms] - Montgomery - Bristow - Chester - Insigne Hiberniae [coat of arms].
Left and right: Costumed figures.

Schilder quotes three copies of this first edition with 4 borders: London, British Museum; Paris, Bibl. Nat.; Private Coll.
He quotes also a copy without borders and two without bottom border.
There is also a second edition (1646) with three recorded copies.
Hollstein only knows this map without borders


Pieter Verbiest (Petrus Verbist) and Isaak Verbiest (Isack Verbist)

Pieter Verbiest (Antwerpen, 1607-1674) was an Antwerp cartographer and engraver. Little is known about his life.
One of his most important works is the Novus Tabularum Geographicorum Belgicae (Antwerp, 1636), a pocket atlas of which two more editions were published later (1644 and 1652). Isaak Verbiest, probably a brother of Pieter, drew and engraved certain maps. Their collaboration also led to the production of two rare world maps.

Pieter Verbiest also published folio maps as separate publications. Koeman describes three editions of a Verbiest atlas of the Netherlands, published between 1636 and 1652. Only one copy of each of these atlases is known.
Verbiest-maps, some with beautiful decorative borders with city views, costumed figures and coats of arms, were sometimes bound in composite atlases. Occasionally, copies of these scarce maps come onto the market.

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