|Pieter Van der Aa after Jan Goeree
|Image 122 x 159 mm, Sheet 154 x 181 mm
Frontispiece to the fifth volume of 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 Lieden 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.