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The Countye Of Monmouth ...

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The Countye Of Monmouth ... : J. Speed

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An attractive example of John Speed's renowned map of the county of Monmouthshire. The map includes a town plan of Monmouth, the Royal Arms and a cartouche depicting Henry V, celebrating his victory over the French. This finely engraved and detailed map is one of the most sought after of the county 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 text printed on the reverse, as here. 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. Speed's county maps were, and remain, amongst the most popular and sought-after on account of their vignettes often showing historical events, archaeological relics, portraits and explanatory notations. Most have the arms of local dignitaries and town plans, in many cases the first of those locations and surveyed by Speed himself. Speed had prepared the maps, for engraving, before about 1610, and they first appeared in atlas form two years later. In 1616 a Latin text edition appeared, intended for a learned European market. This is the 1676 edition. With minor marginal and centrefold expertly repaired.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1676
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 42234

Price: £ 650

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