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The Countie Pallatine Of Lancaster Described And Divided ...

The Countie Pallatine Of Lancaster Described And Divided ... : J. Speed

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An attractive example of one of the best known maps of the period - John Speed's famous map of Lancashire. Speed's county maps have always been amongst the most sought after of any period. Their popularity is evident in the longevity of the copperplates which remained in use for around 160 years, and in the consistently increasing demand from collectors and decorators during recent times. John Speed was a tailor by training but his interest in genealogy and history led to his writing the voluminous "History of Great Britaine". His atlas "Theatre of The Empire of Great Britain" was intended as a supplement to the history but has achieved far greater fame on account of the maps' appeal. Speed used the cartographic detail from maps by Saxton and Norden but added an array of illustrative features around the detail - vignettes and panels of text describe historical events, archaeological sites and objects, illustrations of major buildings, portraits, plans and so on. Although most of Speed's maps were engraved by Dutchman, Jodocus Hondius, they retain a unique style and also have significance as incorporating some of the earliest plans of many of the county towns displayed. This fine map of Lancashire incorporates a plan of Lancaster, the Royal Coat of Arms, and those of John of Gaunt, and portraits of the Kings of the Houses of Lancaster and York with the inscription "Blessed are the Peace-Makers". Ships, sea monsters and elaborate strapwork cartouches complete this fascinating and attractive map.
region: Lancashire
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1676
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 41221

Price: £ 1650

 
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