|Artist||van der Aa, Pieter after Loggan, David|
|Dimensions||127 x 157 mm|
A map of Oxford, with the arms of the Town and University below, from James Beverell's 'Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L'Irlande'.
Inscription reads: '1. Baliol College. 2. Exeter College. 3. Queens College. 4. Lincoln College. 5. Magdalen College. 6. Corpus Christi College. 7. Trinity College. 8. Jesus College. 9. Pembrock College. 10. Hart Hall. 11. St Mary Hall. 12. Magdalen Hall. 13. The Publick Schools. 14. University College. 15. Merton College. 16. Oriell College. 17. New College. 18. All Soules College. 19. Brazen nose College. 20. Christ Church College. 21. St. Johns College. 22. Wadham College. 23. Alban Hall. 24. Edmund Hall. 25. New Inn. 26. Glocester Hall. 27. The Publick Library. 18. The Physick Garden. 29. St Maries Church. 30. Allhallowes. 31. St Ebbs. 32. St Michaels. 33. St Peters in the East. 34. Holywell. 35 St Thomas. 36. Bocardo and North gate. 37. Friar Bacons Study. 38. The Gray Friers. 39. The Theater. 40. Christ Church Almshous. 41. Carfax. 42. St Aldats. 43. St Peters in the Bayly. 44. St Magdalin. 45. St Clements. 46. St Giles. 47. The Town Hall. 48. The East Gate. 49. Paradise Garden. 50. The Ruins of the Fortification. 51. The Bowling Green.'
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 the antiquarian Anthony Wood. On 30 March 1669 he 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 in 1672 they had a son, John Loggan, who later graduated from Trinity College. 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. The remainder of his life was spent mostly in London, where he worked as an agent and art dealer, and as Engraver to the University of Cambridge, a position he attained in 1690, two years before his death. Loggan's two great works were a series of architectural bird's eye plans of the colleges and public buildings of Oxford and Cambridge, the Oxonia Illustrata, published in 1675, and its rarer sister Cantabrigia Illustrata, which appeared at some point previous to 1690. Following Loggan's death, the plates were acquired and reprinted by Henry Overton in 1705 and c.1710 respectively.
Condition: Trimmed to image and laid unto album sheet. Unevenness to album sheet. Overall time toning.