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Britannia: or, a Geographical Description of the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with the Isles and Territories thereto belonging. And for The better perfecting of the said Work, there is added an Alphabetical Table by Richard Blome - 1st Edition - 1673 - from E C Books and Biblio.com

Britannia: or, a Geographical Description of the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with the Isles and Territories thereto belonging. And for The better perfecting of the said Work, there is added an Alphabetical Table

by Richard Blome

Condition: Fair/N


LONDON: Tho Roycroft for Richard Blome, 1673 A fair copy of the 1st edition sadly lacking all but 2 of the maps. This work is rare. Richard Blome was heavily criticised at the time for producing the work - being accused of plagiarising Camden and Speed. He funded the work through subscribers but clearly sold few copies and ownership of it passed to John Wright in 1677. His work is now being reassessed and he is recognised for being the first to properly plan an illustrated description of London. This copy is in contemporary full leather binding which has been rebacked reasonably recently to provide a new spine with raised bands and gilt outlined title label. The boards have wear as you would expect - particularly to the corners - but are sound. With title page in red and black inks, dedication to Charles II, Preface to the Reader, alphabetical table of subscribers ('benefactors'), 12 leaves of coats of arms of the benefactors, portrait of Charles II pasted at the beginning of a general description of the Isles of Britain, county sections and an alphabetical account of the Nobility and Gentry by county. The maps remaining are the Map of London and a fold out map of the Isles of Wight, 'Iarsey', 'Garnsay', Sarke, Man, Orcades and Shetland. The contents are in very good condition - the maps being clearly removed by a previous owner to sell/put on walls separately. There are decorative head pieces. There is a red wax seal to the top of the title page and there are some ink annotations to the Coats of Arms section. There are occasional small repaired paper tears to the bottom margin of pages not affecting text. There is some browning to page edges. Overall a lovely copy and an opportunity to obtain a very rare work at a more affordable price.


  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 031136
  • Title: Britannia: or, a Geographical Description of the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with the Isles and Territories thereto belonging. And for The better perfecting of the said Work, there is added an Alphabetical Table
  • Author: Richard Blome
  • Format/binding:Full-Leather
  • Book condition: Used - Fair
  • Jacket condition: N
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tho Roycroft for Richard Blome
  • Place: LONDON
  • Date published: 1673
  • Keywords: Cartography, Richard Blome, Britannia, 17th century mapping, 17th century Britain, London mapping, 17th century London map
  • Bookseller catalogs: HISTORY; TRAVEL & TOPOGRAPHY; 17th century works;
  • Size: Folio - over 12 - 15" tall


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