THE QUEEN MARY ATLAS: Folio Society, Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 (2005)

Peter Barber commentary volume.


Published: The Folio Society

Date: 2005

Limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Bound in full-grain calf leather. Binding design by David Eccles, featuring the conjoined arms of England and Spain. 12 double-page maps and charts, each measuring 31" x 22½". Each map mounted on a ‘guard’, so that it opens absolutely flat Specially commissioned commentary volume by Peter Barber, bound in full buckram. Cover label. 88 pages and 8 colour plates. Presented in a solander box bound in buckram with inset leather spine label. The commentary volume is inserted in a recess in the box, beneath the facsimile. The 12 double-page maps of the atlas (British Library, Cotton Mss Add. 5415A) are reproduced both recto and verso, the latter to show the discoloration and age-marks of the vellum.

One of the most beautiful maps ever made, this was commissioned by Queen Mary Tudor as a gift to her beloved husband Philip of Spain. Holding a crucial place in the history of map-making, this is a remarkable portrait of the Renaissance world. A prized possession of the British Library.

Digitally photographed by Laurence Pordes.

Atlas and commentary volume Fine; Solander box has minor bumps to corners.

Full red calf with an armorial design in black and gold by David Eccles.


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