beautifully hand coloured original antique map
of Wales - dedicated to its original creator the Welsh
cartographer Lhuyd Humphrey - by Gerard Mercator was
published by Rumold Mercator &
Jodocus Hondius in the
early 1607 Latin edition of Mercators Atlas.
This map is magnificent with beautiful original hand
colouring. Original colouring such as this is scarce and
hard to find.
These maps, published in the early editions of Mercators
atlas, are the original maps drawn and engraved by
Gerald Mercator in the mid to late 16th century,
published by his son Rumold as an atlas, after his
death, in 1595. After two editions the plates were
Jodocus Hondius in 1604 and
continued to be published until the mid 1630's when the
plates were re-engraved and updated by Jan Jansson and
(also spelled Lhuyd) (1527–1568) was a Welsh
cartographer , author, antiquary and Member of
Parliament. He was a leading member of the Renaissance
period in Wales along with other such men as Thomas
Salisbury and William Morgan.
Llwyd was born in Denbigh, the county seat of the then
county of Denbighshire at Foxhall, his family's estate.
His father, Robert Llwyd, was descended from Harry
Rossendale, henchman and grantee of the Earl of Lincoln.
The first of the family that came to Wales from England
appears to have been Foulk Rosindale, from whom Foxhall,
or Foulk's Hall, was called. He married into the family
of the Llwyd's of Aston, and probably from where his
descendants derived their name, as well as their
extraction from Einion Evell of the 12th Century. Einion
Evell, Lord of part of Cynllaith, resided at Llwyn y
Macn, in the parish of Oswestry. He and his twin
brother, Cynwrig Evell, Lord of Y Glwyegl in Maelor
Gymraeg, were the illegitimate sons of Madog ab Maredydd,
Prince of Powys, by Eva, daughter of Madog (ab Einion
Hael) ab Urien of Macn Gwynedd, ab Eginirab Lies ab
Idnerth Benvras, Lord of Maesbrwg.
As a young man, he was educated at Brasenose College,
Oxford and fared so well in the sciences and engineering
that he was given a position as a physician to the Earl
of Arundel during the Earl's tenure as Chancellor of the
university. He was MP for East Grinstead during
Elizabeth I's first parliament (1559).
In 1563, Llwyd returned to Denbigh and lived at Denbigh
Castle at the permission of Sir John Salusbury who was
then the Lord of the Manor of Denbigh. That year, he was
elected MP for Denbigh Boroughs during Elizabeth's
second Parliament where he promoted an act allowing the
translation of the Bible into Welsh.
From 1566 he toured Europe, including Brussels,
Augsburg, Milan, Padua and Venice. In Antwerp, he learnt
from, and collaborated with, map maker Abraham Ortelius.
In 1567, when Llwyd returned to Denbigh, he was given a
stipend from the Crown to create the first printed map
Llwyd died in 1568 and is buried in Whitchurch, a small
chapel on the outskirts of Denbigh
thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: - Original
Colors used: - Yellow, red, green, purple, blue
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 20 1/2in x 17in (510mm x 430mm)
Plate size: - 19 1/2in x 14in (495mm x 350mm)
Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Margins: - Light age toning
Plate area: - None
Verso: - Light age toning
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