By BRY, Theodor de, 1650
Gulielmus Camdenus Historicus Britannus.
- Author: BRY, Theodor de
- Publication place: [Frankfurt
- Publisher: Ammonius
- Publication date: c1650].
- Physical description: Engraved portrait.
- Dimensions: 135 by 106mm. (5.25 by 4.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17782
Camden’s portrait was engraved by Johann Theodor de Bry at some point during the first two decades of the seventeenth century, and like many of de Bry’s engravings, was later included in Boissard’s ‘Bibliotheca Chalcographica’ (1650). The half-length portrait shows Camden in three-quarter perspective, wearing a tall ruff and a skull-cap, and holding a book. This image is set within an oval frame reading “Guliemus Camdenus Historicus Britanicus”, which is surrounded by various native flora and fauna including roses and beetles. A cartouche beneath the portrait contains the sentence: “Dum laus Britannis sarta mansura est, manet aeterna Camdeni Brittania in libris” (‘While praise for the Britons remains good, let the eternal Camden’s Britannia remain among books’).