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Darbieshire Described

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Darbieshire Described : J.Speed

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The county of Derbyshire. John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period, as a result of the popularity of his atlas "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine"- the first atlas of the British Isles. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up-to-date sources available. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, including county boundaries bordering on almost all maps and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. In addition to the obvious decorative quality of the maps, regular atlas copies have two pages of English text printed on the reverse, giving a charming description of life in the early seventeenth century of the area shown.
region: Derbyshire
mapmaker: J.Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1646
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 x 500
ref: 33883

Price: £ 850

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