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Hartfordshire Described

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Hartfordshire Described : J. Speed

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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" in which his maps of the individual English counties appeared. The maps are perhaps the best known and amongst the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up-to-date sources available, predominantly those of Saxton and Norden. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, vignette scenes of topographical, historical or archaeological interest and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. Here, an inset view of St. Albans '(Verolanium'), plan of Hertford and battle scenes add to the detail. A good and attractive early printing.
region: Hertfordshire
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 42409

Price: £ 1200£ 720

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