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Engellandt mit dem anstossenden Reich Schottlandt so vor zeiten Albion und Britannia haben geheissen

Engellandt mit dem anstossenden Reich Schottlandt so vor zeiten Albion und Britannia haben geheissen

Cartographer: Munster, Sebastian

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1568

Shelfmark: Maps.568.h.2

Item number: Sheet 4 (iiii)

Length: 342

Width: 426

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

This is a map of the British Isles, dating from 1588. It is a redrawn woodcut map, immitating the style of copperplate engraved maps. It appeared in the later additions of a book by Sebastian Munster called the Cosmographia, , a compendium of historical, legendary and geographical information, replacing a map of 1540.
It is likely to have been the work of Sebastian Petri, who took over the printing of Munster's Cosmographia after the death of his father Henrich in 1579. Presumably in an attempt to modernize the publication, Petri based this map on the Mercator-Ortelius outline, which was significant as the outline of Wales was considerably improved with the Bay of Cardigan shown for the very first time and Scotland more accurately represented than previously. Here the border cuts off the northern part of Scotland and the western half of Ireland. The map is orientated with west to the top of the map. Curiously the map retains some features reminiscent of the Gough map dated 1360, such as rivers ending in puddle shaped lakes at their source.
The inclusion of place names is not consistent, with some omitted, even though they are present on Munster's original.

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