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1646 Hertfordshire and Middlesex
1646 Hertfordshire and Middlesex


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Midlesex and Hertford Shire, Johannes Jannsonius (1646)In 1645, Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) successfully published an atlas of England. Blaeu based this atlas on the `Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine' published by his English colleague John Speed (1552-1629) in 1611. Infected by this success, Blaeu's neighbour, Johannes Janssonius (1588-1664), copied the complete atlas. Janssonius published this pirate issue in 1646. This map of Hertforshire and Middlesex has been taken from Janssonius' atlas. The map is enriched with allegorical figures and attributes representing the economical and cultural character of the province. The farmers and their cattle refer to the character of the area as pasture.

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