Johannes Seldenus Armig.
Printed for Thomas Lee at the sign of the turks head in fleet street 1677.
Engraving. 120 x 75mm (4¾ x 3"). Cut, laid on sheet.
John Selden (1584-1654) was a jurist, politician and scholar and was called to the Bar in 1612. He wrote dissertations on legal theory, angering James I with his 'History of Tythes' (1618) but redeeming himself with 'Mare clausum' which argued that James had full sovereignty over the waters around the British Isles. He became MP for Oxford University and sided with Parliament during the Civil War. Throughout his life Selden studied oriental languages, including Hebrew, Arabic and Chinese; after his death his extensive library of books was donated to the Bodleian. In 2008 the historian Robert Batchelor rediscovered an early 17th century Chinese map of the Far East among the bequest, now known as the Selden Map.
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