Particularly scarce 16th century map of Hampshire, contained in a handsome walnut-veneered frame
John Norden (c.1547-1625)
Hamshire olim pars Belgarum
Engraved county map with old hand-colouring
Framed and glazed
Overall size including frame: 44.8 x 47.3 cm (17 5/8 x 18 5/8 inches)
John Norden, surveyor and cartographer, was a native of Somerset and entered Hart Hall, Oxford, in 1564 graduating BA in 1564 and MA in 1573. In 1600 he was appointed surveyor of crown woods and forests in Southern England, and in 1605 added the surveyorship of the duchy of Cornwall. From 1611 to 1623 he travelled around England surveying incessantly, even publishing a book on the subject.
When times were tight Norden published devotional books, topographical views and engraved maps of some southern counties. His map of Hampshire, published in 1595, was based on Norden’s own surveys. It proved very influential and was copied by John Speed and other mapmakers for the following 150 years.