Map Classical Geography "Antient Greece and the adjacent Island according to Cornelius Nepos and others" Christopher Browne c.1725
Antique copper-plate engraving on laid paper with original hand colouring, for Christopher Browne's folio "The Geography of the Antients sofar as describ'd as is contained in the Greek and Latin Claffics (Classics) in The Maps of the Old World and its several Kingdoms and Provinces..." printed London 1725, "A Collection long wanted, and now Publish'd for the Use of Schools"
Condition = Excellent. Printed on Laid paper folded in middle preparing it for binding. Plate mark frayed along left lower edge .
Size of Page= 26.5 x 18cm (10.6 x 7.2 inch) / Plate mark = 16.2 x 23.2 cm (6.5 x 9.3 inch)
Cornelius Nepos: c. 110 BC – c. 25 BC was a Roman biographer. He lived in the fourth year of the reign of Augustus, which is supposed to be when he began to attract critical acclaim by his writing. Nearly all of Nepos's writings are lost, but several allusions to them survive in works by other authors.
Christopher Browne, map maker/print-seller flourished between 1688 -1712, having taken over the print-selling business of Robert Walton on his death. It had been Walton's apprentice in 1683. Browne may have come from a family of minor gentry. He seems to have done well in business, having two shops at the height of his career from which he retired to live the life of a gentleman. In retirement he grew vines and corresponded with the founder of the British Museum, Sir Hans Sloane.