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16th Century Map of England

Nice example of this scarce map of England and Wales, published by Mathias Quad.

This is one of only a few modern atlas maps of England published in the 16th Century.

Ornate cartouche and many sailing ships and sea monsters, plus some animals in Ireland. The map is based upon Mercator's 1564 wall map of the British Isles in 8 sheets and Lhuyd's manuscript map of 1568.

Matthias Quad Biography

Matthias Quad (1557-1613), a map publisher based in Cologne, was trained in the Netherlands by Johannes van Doetecum, who also worked with the De Jodes. Quad used many De Jode maps as a base to which he added additional information and decorations. Quad was best known for his atlases, which were part of the first boom in atlases best characterized by Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. In 1592, Quad released an atlas of Europe that had 38 maps. He expanded it in 1594 to 50 maps. In 1600, he expanded the collection of maps further still, this time to 82 maps, and called the atlas, Geographisch Handtbuch. All three were small in size, allowing them to compete as cheaper alternatives to the larger atlases of Ortelius, Mercator, and the De Jodes. Quad released one other atlas, in 1608, with 86 maps, the Fascilus Geographicus.