Copper engraving, 11 x 15 cm, engraved by Girolamo Porro, set in descriptive Italian text with woodcut headpiece and historiated initial, black and white. First published in 1572, our map of the British Isles is from the second edition of L’Isole piu famose del Mondo, one of the most beautifully engraved of the Italian Isolaria or Island books. Shirley notes the curious selection and distribution of placenames. Preparing a miniature map always requires a degree of selection, but this must be the only map of the British Isles which omits London and retains Arundel. Hereford is depicted just to the west of Gravesend.
Shirley, British Isles #97