England when we had professors 1 worthy of being employed to adorn Flemish editions ; Flanders was at that time a capital theatre of arts and learning.
a physician of Norwich, was also an author and engraver. In his Cosmographical Glass, a fine copy of which is described by Ames, 2 are many cuts and a large map of Norwich, some of the plates engraved by the doctor's own hand. It was printed in folio in 1559, and dedicated to the Lord Robert Dudley, afterwards the well-known Earl of Leicester. 3
was a surveyor, and related to Edward Aggas, a printer. 4 Ralph published what I should have concluded a book, as he called it Celeberrimœ Oxoniensis Academiœ, &c. elegans simul et accurata descriptio; but Ames, who is not very explicit, seems to speak of it as a map, saying it was three feet by four; and he adds that Cambridge was done about the same time, that is, in 1578. Aggas made a map of Dunwich, in 1589, which I have mentioned, 5 and a large plan and view of London, which was re-engraved by Vertue, and of which, in one of his MSS., he gives the following account:—
"A Plan and View of London, with the river Thames and adjacent parts, being the most ancient prospect in print. This was reported to have been done in Henry VIII. or King Edward VIth's time ; but from several circumstances it appears to be done early in the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's reign,