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A New Mappe Of The Romane Empire ...

A New Mappe Of The Romane Empire ... : J. Speed / C.Browne

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A unique example of a rare edition of this fascinating map of Europe and the Near East at the time of the Roman Empire. This sought-after historical map is based on one by Abraham Ortelius and was adapted by John Speed as a "carte-a-figures", with costumed figures to the side panels and city views along the top. The map appeared in his "Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World", the first world atlas produced by an Englishman. The cities shown along the upper border include Rome, Genoa, Jerusalem, Venice, Constantinople and Alexandria, flanked by medallion portraits of "Rome" and "Romulus". Figures at each side display various nationalities, albeit in "modern" as opposed to Roman costume. This particular example is the first recorded printing with the imprint of London mapmaker/publisher, Christopher Browne. Although known to have republished Speed's county maps, Browne was only known to have reissued three other "Prospect ..." maps, as broadsheet as opposed to atlas maps. The remains of a binding strip, along the old centrefold would indicate that the map was once bound, however, it is not known to have been issued in any formal publication. With large blank margins and some paper discolouration this is, nevertheless, a fascinating example of a most interesting map.
mapmakers: J. Speed   C.Browne
place and date of publication: London 1627-c1688
medium and colour: copperplate, Original outline colour
size in mm: 385 by 500mm (15¼ by 19¾ inches).
ref: 39976

Price: £ 2400

 
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