A view of Cambridge from Loggan’s seminal ‘Cantabrigia illustrata’
By LOGGAN, Dav[id], 1735
Nova & Accuratissima Celeberrimae Universitatis Oppidique Cantabrigiensis Ichnographia. Ano 1688
- Author: LOGGAN, Dav[id]
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed & Sold by H. Overton at ye White House without Newgate, London
- Publication date: c1735
- Physical description: Copper plate engraving, trimmed to neatline, occasional worm holes skillfuly repaired.
- Dimensions: Image size 410 by 522mm. (16.25 by 20.5 inches). Sheet size 426 by 540mm (21.25 by 16.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15629
From 1676, Loggan began preparing plates for “Cantabrigia illustrata”, which he published in 1690. In the same year he became engraver to Cambridge University. The publication included a plan of Cambridge – the present print, twenty-six views of Cambridge, a plate with view general views of Cambridge, a view of Eton College, and a portrait of Charles, Duke of Somerset, chancellor of the university.
This plan of the town of Cambridge offers a birds-eye perspective of the town and university with a key offering details of the colleges, churches, town buildings, and main thoroughfares.
Loggan died in 1692 and left debts of £140 with “little remaining substance left except a few copper grav’d plates.” John Overton bought the plates, and when retired in 1707, his son Henry Overton (I) (1676?-1751) took over the business. He continued the business much as his father, although his output of interesting maps is rather smaller; his major atlas project was a volume of two-sheet maps modelled on Moll’s ‘World Described’ or Senex’s ‘English Atlas’, but it is now rare.
Overton reissued Loggan’s publications on both Oxford and Cambridge in the early 18th century.