Les Auditoires Publics de l'Universite d'Oxford

Method Copper engraving
Artist Pieter van der Aa after David Loggan
Published [1707]
Dimensions Image 124 x 159, Plate 136 x 168, Sheet 150 x170 mm
Notes A view of the Old Schools Quad of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 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.

David Loggan (1635-1692), artist and engraver, was born at Danzig in 1635. He may have learnt the art of engraving from Simon van den Passe in Denmark and from Hendrik Hondius in the Netherlands. Loggan followed Hondius's sons to England in about 1653 and by 1665 he was residing at Nuffield, near Oxford, and had made the acquaintance of Anthony Wood. Some years later Loggan produced his Oxonia Illustrata, which was intedned as a companion work to Wood's Historia Antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis. On 30 March 1669 Loggan was appointed Engraver to the University of Oxford, with an annual salary of twenty shillings. He married a daughter of Robert Jordan, Esq., of Kencote Hall in Oxfordshire, in 1671 and they had a son; John Loggan, who later graduated from Trinity College, the following year. The marriage probably produced another son, William Loggan, about whom little is known except that he was responsible for a satirical print of Father Peters and the Jesuits, published in 1681. David Loggan took up residence in Holywell in about 1671, prior to matriculating at the University. In 1675 he was naturalised as an Englishman.

Condition: Time toning. Slight surface dirt, mainly to left margin. Central vertical fold, as issued.
Framing mounted
Price £75.00
Stock ID 44901

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