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Isaac Basire's Copper Engraved Maps

Stock No.14901

Highly detailed and decorative copper-engraved city maps of six fortified cities comprising Bruges, Brussels, Lisle (Lille), Ghent, Mechlin (Mechelen) and Béthune.

The maps are embellished with numbered tables of explanation indicating churches, monasteries, palaces, city gates & numerous markets, including those dedicated to corn, hogs, cheese, herbs, veal, milk, flax, & wood. The maps also depict roads, waterways, bridges, city walls & gates, & showing trees, boats on the waterways & houses in outline.

These maps were published to illustrate Mr. Tindal's translation of Mr. Rapin's History of England, which was considered one of the few comprehensive histories written during the period. Tindal then wrote a three-volume 'Continuation', including the reigns of James II to George II. They were engraved by Isaac Basire.

Isaac Basire (1704-68) was an renowned map engraver. He is often remembered for a great number of maps he engraved for Tindall's continuation of Rapin de Thoyras' History of England. He also contributed maps to the Gentleman's magazine. He was the first of his generation in a line of engravers, but was arguably the most successful.

Paul de Rapin (25 March 1661[1] – 25 April 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage. His History of England, written and first published in French in 1724–27, was an influential exposition of the Whig view of history on both sides of the English Channel.

Nicolas Tindal (1687-1774) was Rector of Alverstoke in Hampshire, Vicar of Great Waltham, Essex, Chaplain of Greenwich Hospital and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. He translated Frenchman Paul de Rapin's History of England, one of the few comprehensive histories written at that time. Tindal then wrote a three-volume 'Continuation', including the reigns of James II to George II.

Strong and dark impression, margins narrow, with original folds, as issued. Original colour. Published by Nicholas Tindal, c.1737.

Framed with acid-free materials and non-reflective UV protective glass.


Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

Width Height Depth
27 58"
70 cms
24 38"
62 cms
1 14"
3.3 cms

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