Blome 1673

260mm h x 324mm w

Blome 1673

Britannia

Originally projected as being Volume 3 (of 4), Brittania copies the text from Camden's Britannia and the maps from Speed.

In its day it (& he) was roundly condemned as a plagiarism. His later plates were no better.

Displayed scale of 5 miles = 33.5mm, or 3.8 miles/inch; scale actual = 5.0 miles/inch, or 1:315,000.

The maps are horribly drawn - very ugly in comparison to the productions from Amsterdam (Blaue & Jansson). Look at the dolphins, look at the badly executed text (quality and layout) in the cartouche. It's horrible.

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© Peter Walker 2013