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Comes Britanniae

Comes Britanniae

Cartographer: Anonymous

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1552

Shelfmark: 435.h.22

Item number: f. m6v

Length: 30.8

Width: 21.1

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

This is an anonymous and extremely simplified representation of the British Isles. It was produced in Basle in 1552. The outline of England and Scotland is recognisable only in that it is slightly narrower at the top (north) than the bottom (south). The only internal feature of the island is a fortress of fantastical design, incorporating features of Romanesque, Gothic and Dutch medieval architecture. In the top left hand corner is a book with the words ‘FL.INTALL COMORD PR’ on the cover. It is not certain what is meant by this but it is thought that they refer to the ensign of a general who, under the roman occupation, held a roving commission to defend the island. The map is from a work entitled Notitia Utraque…which was a late Roman document of civilian and military office-holders and was often accompanied by manuscript maps of various locations.

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