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The Kingdome Of Great Britaine And Ireland

The Kingdome Of Great Britaine And Ireland : J. Speed

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John Speed's iconic map of the British Isles; a British map by a British mapmaker. Speed based his map on Saxton's map of England and Wales, the 1591 Hondius map of Ireland and Mercator's map of Scotland. Nevertheless his finished compilation is decoratively unique. Speed includes panoramas of London and Edinburgh, as well as two medallion portraits of Britannia and Cunobelinus or King Coel. The surrounding seas are full of sea monsters, sailing ships, and the animals of the realm. Cherubs with geographical instruments support the mileage scale in the lower left corner and the royal arms appear at upper left above the image of London. The map was published in John Speed's atlas "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine". Some restoration to marginal weakness but a very attractive example in original colour. Unusually, there is also original colour on the decorative strapwork and the illuminated initial of the text on the verso.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1610-1614
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 390 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 40927

Price: £ 3500

 
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