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The Mape Of Hungari ...

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The Mape Of Hungari ... : J. Speed

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A detailed and attractive carte-a-figures map of Hungary, by noted English mapmaker John Speed. With full-length portraits of a senator, citizen, gentleman, countryman and their wives along both sides, and views of notable cities along the upper edge, this map illustrates the people and civilization of Hungary as well as its geography. John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period. In the light of the success of Ortelius' Theatrum ., the potential demand for an English world atlas was recognised. Consequently, in 1627, Speed's "Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World" was published with 21 finely engraved maps. "The Prospect ..." was the first world atlas by an Englishman, and its maps are famous for their bordering panels of national characters in local costume and panoramic views depicting the areas of major towns and cities. 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. A good example of this sought-after map, the first edition, and one in which the engraving, by Dutchman Abraham Goos, retains fresh clarity.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1627
medium and colour: copperplate, uncoloured
size in mm: 390 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 42256

Price: £ 1400£ 700

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