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Striking large format map of the southwestern part of England, including Cornwall, Devon and part of Somerset, engraved by Romain De Hooge.

The map includes a large view of Portland and two smaller views in the top left corner, an inset of the islands to the west of Cornwall, plus an ornate coat of arms and striking title cartouche, with dedication to William Bentick, the First Earl of Portland. The chart is richly embellished with rhumblines, compass roses, sailing ships, decorative cartouches and other embellishments.

Romaine De Hooghe was a famous Dutch Artist, employed by King William III. This is one of a group of 9 charts which he executed, and were published by Mortier, and which are widely regarded as the most decorative sea charts of the 17th Century.