|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Dav. Loggan Delin. et Sculp. cum Privil. S.R.M. [Oxford, 1675]|
|Dimensions||415 x 536 mm|
An unusual hand-coloured example of this superb bird's-eye view of the City, and the most detailed map of seventeenth century Oxford, from Loggan's 1675 first edition of Oxonia Illustrata. Loggan's plan is regarded as one of the most beautiful plans of the city and its detail remained unrivalled until the middle of the eighteenth century. Exquisitely engraved and clearly indicating all the streets, churches, colleges, and major landmarks, most of which are listed in numbered keys in the bottom corners of the map. The map shows the city at the limits of its expansion in the early modern period with virtually all the available space within the city walls depicted in Hollar's map of 1643 now built upon. The map is the first to show the recently completed Sheldonian Theatre (1669), the complete Great Quadrangle of Christ Church, albeit prior to the construction of Wren's 'Tom Tower' and the castle without its keep, demolished by the Parliamentarians during the Civil war. The plan is oriented with South at top, following the precedent set by Radulph Aggas in his 1578 map of the city. A prospect of the city from the East is featured in a scrolled box in the top left corner of the plate.
Oxonia Illustrata was the first illustrated book on Oxford and one of the major works of the 17th century. The book was the product of several years of devoted and conscientious effort in which Loggan was assisted by his pupil Robert White. David Loggan was born in Danzig in 1635 and came to England around 1653. By 1665 he was living in Nuffield near Oxford and in 1669 was appointed engraver to the University. In 1675 he married and became a naturalised citizen. His Oxonia Illustrata was intended as a companion work to Historia Antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis by Anthony Woods, with whom Loggan had become acquainted some years earlier.
Condition: Trimmed to within plate mark at bottom, as issued. Strong full hand colour. Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor time toning to edges of sheet, not affecting map. Small repaired tears to bottom right corner, and bottom of central fold.