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The Invasions Of England And Ireland With Al Their Civill Wars Since The Conquest

The Invasions Of England And Ireland With Al Their Civill Wars Since The Conquest : J. Speed

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A fine example of an important and sought-after map. John Speed is one of the best known names in the history of English cartography - primarily for his production in 1612 of "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain" the first British county atlas, and the "Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World" 1627, the first world atlas produced by an Englishman. Each atlas is remarkable for their detailed, informative and highly decorated maps. However Speed's first printed map, 1601, was an historical summary of England, Wales and Ireland, known now in just a handful of examples reflecting his own historical interests and, perhaps, intended as an illustration to be inserted into his "History of Great Britain" which he published prior to the atlas volumes. This map, distinctively and finely engraved by Dutchman Cornelis Danckerts, whose signature appears in the lower right corner, copies that and was incorporated into Speed's atlas from 1627. The map shows the many battles from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the time of publication and includes many textual annotations. Two blocks of text to the lower left hand side of the map are devoted to Irish history. Sea battles are also described including the relatively recent defeat of the Spanish Armada whose progress, pursued by the English fleet, is clearly illustrated and recorded in panels of text, along the Channel and into the North Sea. Overall an attractive and very good example of a renowned map by one of Englands greatest mapmaker historians.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1627
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 41100
literature: Shirley, Early Printed Maps Of The British Isles, 397.

Price: £ 2800

 
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