|Artist||Pieter van der Aa after David Loggan|
|Dimensions||Image 120 x 155 mm, Sheet 157 x 189 mm|
Inscription reads: '1. Galerie pour serrer les plantes en hiver. 2. Vue de la porte principale par dehors. 3. Vue de la même porte par dedans. 4. La porte Orientale, qui est toute semblable à l'Occidentale.'
A bird's-eye view of the Botanic or 'Physic' Garden, including small vignettes of the gates and winter-houses, from James Beverell's 'Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L'Irlande'.
First published in 1707, Beverell's 'Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L'Irlande' was an eight volume series depicting a variety of views from across the United Kingdom, including those of royal palaces, stately homes, cathedrals, and naval towns. Two volumes were dedicated solely to Oxford and Cambridge, consisting of plates of the colleges that were copied and reduced directly from David Loggan's 'Oxonia Illustrata' of 1675. In total, 'Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L'Irlande' comprised of 241 engraved plates and maps after David Loggan, Johannes Kip, John Selzer, and others. Despite the publication ultimately being a collection of reduced copies of other engravers' work, 'Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L'Irlande' is a fine example of early eighteenth-century printmaking.
Pieter van der Aa (1659 – 1733) was a Dutch publisher, best known for preparing maps and atlases. Despite producing his own work, van der Aa is also known for his production of pirated editions of illustrated publications and foreign bestsellers. Beginning his career as a Latin trade publisher in Leiden in 1683, van der Aa's ambition was to one day become the most famous printer in the city. In 1715, van der Aa was appointed the head printer for Leiden and its university.
Condition: In excellent condition, not folded, page number in manuscript in upper right corner.