A 16th century map of England.

England and Wales 1598

Humphrey Lhuyd’s map of England and Wales, which features many place names not included by Mercator 30 years earlier.


Map of England and Wales, taken from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, a collection of 53 maps complied by Abraham Ortelius

Originally published in Antwerp in 1570, this is considered to be the first true modern atlas. This map by Humphrey Lhuyd (d. 1568), the Welsh librarian of Henry Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel, was one of three sent by him to Ortelius shortly before his death, along with a history of the British Isles, which Ortelius published in 1572, along with Lhuyd’s map of Wales, which became the first printed map to show that country on its own. This map shows England and Wales during the last few years of Elizabeth I’s reign, shortly after the destruction of the third Spanish Armada, and the passing of the Vagabonds Act, which introduced penal transportation of convicted criminals to England’s colonies. Lhuyd’s map set out to improve upon Mercator’s great wall map, published in 1564, and included many place-names, in English, Welsh and Latin.

Original Size: 38 x 47 cms

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