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Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described ...

Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described ... : J.Speed

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A classic decorative county map from John Speed's atlas. Text on the reverse describes the county and gives a gazetteer. It is typically illustrated with a detailed plan of Leicester, and with the arms of the Earls. A short text panel beneath a stylised battle scene describes the battle of Bosworth in 1485 when Richard III lost his crown and his life. Extensive marginal restoration but all printed area present. John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period as a result of his atlas "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine" in which his maps of the individual English counties appeared. The maps are perhaps the best known and amongst the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available, predominantly those of Saxton and Norden. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, vignette scenes of topographical, historical or archaeological interest and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps.
mapmaker: J.Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1610-1631
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 x 510
ref: 29645

Price: £ 800

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