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Bedford Shire And The Situation Of Bedford Described ...

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Bedford Shire And The Situation Of Bedford Described ... : J. Speed

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A classic decorative county map from John Speed's atlas. The map, engraved by Jodocus Hondius, is decorated with the arms of the Dukes of Bedford and a detailed plan, with key, of Bedford. 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". 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 on almost all maps and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms. Unusually, there is no text to verso. Minor restoration to marginal tears and small areas of paper weakness.
region: Bedfordshire
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1646
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 40034

Price: £ 600

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