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ANGLIAE REGNI FLORENTISSIMI NOVA DESCRIPTIO AUCTORE HUMFREDO LHUYD DENBYGIENSE

ANGLIAE REGNI FLORENTISSIMI NOVA DESCRIPTIO AUCTORE HUMFREDO LHUYD DENBYGIENSE

Cartographer: Lhuyd, Humphrey

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1573

Shelfmark: Maps.C.2.c.10

Item number: Sheet 6B

Length: 401

Width: 508

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

This map is the result of a collaboration between Abraham Ortelius and Humphry Lhuyd. It was published in Antwerp in 1573. Ortelius was an entrepreneurial map dealer, a collector of coins, a traveller and correspondent and was the first publisher to have the latest maps from the best sources engraved to a uniform size in an atlas. So impressive was his atlas that it lead to over a century of Dutch supremacy in the field of cartographical production. Lhuyd was a Welsh historian and topographer who provided Ortelius with a map of Wales and ‘...an other map of England also drawn forth perfectly enough’ This map was published by Ortelius in his first supplement or Additamentum, to his atlas [of 1570]. Lhuyd died in 1568 which means that there was at least a 5 year gap between his creation of the map and Ortelius’s publication of it in 1573.
The map shows some improvements on the Mercator map. These improvements in knowledge and representation are focused on the area of Cardigan, south Wales, the Devon peninsula and the Wash and Humber inlets. However, it still shows an exaggeratedly long south coast (‘and a over-inclination westward of the north-south axis of England’). Oddly the Caernarvon peninsula near Denbigh is distorted. It has been suggested that this may be due to Lhuyd, whose home town was Denbigh, attempting to sketch this area from the vantage point of a nearby mountain.
County divisions are not marked and other than London, no differentiation between the different status of towns and cities is made.

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