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Caernarvon Both Shyre And Shire Towne ...

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Caernarvon Both Shyre And Shire Towne ... : J. Speed

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A magnificent map of Caernarvon, with town plans of Caernarvon and Bangor. The title appears in an elegant rococo cartouche surmounted by the Tudor coat of arms, including the red rose. Sea monsters, Neptune and a naval battle decorate the seas. 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. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, informative and attractive maps. This example with minor marginal reinforcement and with attractive hand-colour.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1610-1646
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 505mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 41197

Price: £ 500

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