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Glamorgan Shyre With The Sittuations Of The Cheife Towne Cardyff ...

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Glamorgan Shyre With The Sittuations Of The Cheife Towne Cardyff ... : J. Speed

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An attractive example of John Speed's renowned map of the county of Glamorganshire. The map is illustrated with town plans of Cardiff and Llandaff, and decorated in the sea area with a female figure riding a sea monster bearing the Royal standard. 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. This 1676 edition has the imprint of booksellers Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell. 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. Many 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. This has the imprint of the booksellers Bassett and Chiswell.
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: 42235

Price: £ 720

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