Gvlielmus Camdenus Historicus Britannus

Method Copper engraving
Artist Johann Theodor de Bry
Published [Theodor de Bry, Frankfurt am Main, 1597]
Dimensions Image 133 x 99 mm
Notes A half-length portrait of William Camden, turned slightly to the left, wearing a doublet with slits, and overcoat, a cap and large layered ruff, in an oval border with decorative background featuring flowers and insects. First published in Jean Jacques Boissard's "Icones virorum illustrium doctrina" from 1557 and reused in his "Bibliotheca chalcographica" from 1669. Both books contained portraits of notable men, and were composted in collaboration with Robert Boissard, Theodor de Bry and Johann Theodor de Bry.

Inscription to lower margin: "DVM laus Britannis sarta mansura ... CAMDENI BRITANNIA in libris"

William Camden (1551-1623) was an English historian, author, topographer, herald, and antiquarian. Camden's most celebrated work was the "Britannia", the first chorographical study of the British Isles, and a watershed moment for British antiquarianism.

Johann Theodor de Bry or Jan Dirk de Bry (1561-1623) was a Flemish-born printmaker and publisher, the son of Theodor de Bry. He worked in the family publishing firm in Frankfurt and moved it to Oppenheim in 1609 until 1620. Johann often worked together with his father and other family members, and specialised in the production of emblem books and grotesques. He also reproduced engravings after old masters, such as Maarten de Vos, Sebald Beham, Abraham Bloemaert and even Titian.

Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) was a Flemish-born engraver and editor, who travelled Europe. De Bry fled from Liège in fear of the Spanish persecution of Protestants, lived in Strasbourg, travelled to Antwerp, then London, and finally settled in Frankfurt-am-Main, where he started a publishing business and printing workshop.

Jean Jacques Boissard (c. 1528-1602) was a French painter, writer and antiquarian. He was mainly active in Metz, but travelled starting from Rome throughout Europe and even the Middle-East. He often collaborated with his relation Robert Boissard, as well as his friend Theodor de Bry and others, mostly providing text and occasionally drawings for publications.

Condition: Strong impression. Time toning, mainly to the corners. Trimmed to printed border.
Framing unmounted
Price £100.00
Stock ID 46063