Old coloured map of the British Isles from a Jan Baptist Vrients edition of Ortelius’ “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum”, the first modern atlas of the world. This map, which was created by Vrients in 1605 based on the 1592 example by Jodocus Hondius, was first published in the 1606 English edition of the Theatrum and, according to Broecke, only 1,225 copies were printed as it appeared in a relatively few late editions of the atlas. The right side of the map details the genealogy of the English monarchs from William the Conqueror in 1066 to James I, the then current king. At the bottom left of the map, a table presents a census of the counties (shires) of England and Wales, including the number of cities, cathedrals, rivers, etc. It is richly decorated with sailing ships, sea monsters and mythical figures along with the coats of arms of England, Scotland and Wales. A description of the kingdom appears verso in Latin. As usual, due to the large size of the map, borders have been very skilfully added to all sides to facilitate framing. Also, as a result of some very minor cracking and loss due to verdigris damage, the back has been lined with archival paper for protection and conservation. A lovely example of this much sought after map that will present beautifully. 44 cm x 57 cm