(Cardiganshire) Ceretica sive Cardiganensis
Author: Blaeu, Johannes
Date published: 1664-1665Long title:Ceretica sive Cardiganensis comitatus; Anglis Cardigan Shire. Copper engraving with original and possibly some later hand colouring. Overall size : 57.6cms x 47.7cms ; Image size : 495mm x 380mm. Durch text verso pp286-285. Title in highly decorative cartouche with beaver, fish like creatures and hunter. Royal coat of arms; Prince of Wales feathers; Knights of the Garter surmounted by crown with three sailing ships; cartouche. Scale of distance in decorative cartouche. Compass rose. Pale line in margins from previous mounting; little greyness in left blank else very good condition/ Translation : ' The Normans had barely completed their domination of England, when they attacked the coasts with their fleet; it proved a successful tactic. Gradually under the reign of William Rufus they wrested the coastal areas from Welsh control. They gave most of these to Cadugan ap Blethin, who was a Briton himself, a very prudent man who had a considerable following in Wales. The English considered him their friend'.