The Kingdome Of Irland Devided Into Severall Provinces ...
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A rare, early printing of John Speed's renowned map of Ireland. The map is decorated with the Royal coats-of-arms, a titlepiece topped by a harp supported by two cherubs, and a panel of costumed figures depicting a Gentleman and Gentlewoman and male and female "civil" and "wild" Irish people. The sea is shown in a silky "moire" effect with ships and sea monsters. This finely engraved and detailed map is most sought after and was produced by John Speed, historian, genealogist and cartographer for publication in his "... Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain ..." – the first atlas of the British Isles. Most often seen with English, or Latin, text printed on the reverse, this is a rare example of the map's first edition. The copperplate, engraved in the workshop of Amsterdam master map engraver, Jodocus Hondius, was first printed in atlas form in 1612 and remained in use, with amendments and alterations to publishers' imprints until late into the following century. Later printings, from an old and worn plate, are notably inferior whereas this example shows the engraving at its freshest on good quality paper.
region: Ireland Maps & Charts
mapmaker: J. Speed
place and date of publication: London 1612
medium and colour: Copperplate, Colouredref: 41653
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
Price: £ 3500
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