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Dorsetshire - 17th century map by Van den Keere

 

17th century map for saleSomersetshire
Somerset - Van den Keere
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Somerset, Van den Keere, from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland Described, c.1662, 85 x 125mm.

Glastonbury, Frome, Taunton, Bridgewater, Wells.

Condition: Small margins, good bold imprint, later hand colouring, tape to margins verso.

Title: An antique map of Somerset

Medium: Copperplate engraving. Image Size: 85 x 125mm, 3.25 x 5" approx.
Order No. 3146 Price: £135.00 Paper Size: 92 x 142mm, 3.5 x 5.5 " approx.
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Biography:
Pieter Van den Keere 1571 - c.1746
A Dutch refugee from religious persecution who came to London in 1584 with his sister who married Jodocus Honduis. Returned to Amsterdam in1593. Emgraved a large number of maps for importanat cartographers including John Norden's map of London for Speculum Britanniae, an Atlas of the Netherlands 1617-22 and one complete and one incomplete set of British county maps.

Keere engraved 44 maps of the counties, some dated 1599. The English maps were based on Saxton, but were not initially published in book form. The original maps did not have text on the reverse which appeared in the 1617 issue along with the inclusion of Yorkshire and the British Isles. Some time before 1619 George Humble, John Speed's publisher, came into possession of the plates. Knowing the popularity of Speed's Theatre and the popularity of miniature atalases, Humble reissued the Keere maps in a pocket edition 'abridged from a larger voloume by J. Speed'. In 1627, he added the abridged text and hence they mistakenly became known as 'Miniature Speeds'. Of the 63 maps in the Atlas, 40 were reworked from the Keere plates, 16 copied from Speed and a further 7 maps added.

17th century map of the couty of Dorset by Van den Keere

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