The Queen Mary Atlas
Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies
One of the most beautiful series of maps ever made, this was commissioned by Queen Mary Tudor as a gift to her beloved husband Philip of Spain. Holding a crucial place in the history of map-making, this is a remarkable portrait of the Renaissance world.
A prized possession of the British Library, The Queen Mary Atlas is one of the most remarkable manuscripts in the history of map-making, marking the move from the medieval world view to the more rational approach of the Renaissance. Commissioned by Mary Tudor, the renowned Diogo Homem created maps of a world dominated by Spain and Portugal to interest Mary's husband, Phillip II of Spain. The stories depicted are a great part of the maps' charm and the combination of revelatory detail and exquisite decoration make the Atlas as historically important as it is beautiful.
Limited to 1,000 numbered copies
Bound in full-grain calf leather blocked in two colours with a design by David Eccles, featuring the conjoined arms of England and Spain
12 double-page maps and charts, each measuring 31˝ x 22½˝
Each map mounted on a ’guard’, so that it opens absolutely flat
Specially commissioned commentary volume by Peter Barber
Typeset in Founder's Caslon
Printed on St Paul's Wove paper
Bound in buckram
12˝ x 7½˝
Bound in buckram with inset leather spine label