VAN DEN KEERE, Pieter.
Pieter van den Keere was born in Ghent, however due to religious persecution, he fled to England. In 1596 he returned to the continent, and settled in Amsterdam. Around 1600 he began engraving miniature maps for a possible atlas of the counties of the British Isles. His maps were first published by the Dutch publishing house of Blaeu, in Latin around the year 1617. By 1627, the work had passed into the hands of John Speed’s publisher, George Humble, who had new plates engraved for the sections of the British Isles missing from the original group, had the titles changed to English, and then issued the new set of maps as a miniature version to accompany the second edition of the folio Speed atlas.
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Size: 100 155 mm. Copperplate engraving with later hand colour. Fine condition.