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Wales : J. Speed

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One of the most decorative maps to be found of the Principality. In the four corners of the map are shown the diocesan cities of Bangor, St. Asaph, Llandaff and St. David's, while the compass rose bears the arms of the Prince of Wales. The two side panels show the twelve county towns of Wales - excluding Monmouth. 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". Speed maps are often among the best known and the most sought-after of all maps - this map of Wales is a particularly decorative example. Unusually, this example of the map has no verso text as usually found and is a very clear impression, suggesting an early printing date. In old, although not original, colour with gold highlighting on the compass rose.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1610 -
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 41473

Price: £ 1400

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