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Surrey Described And Divided Into Hundreds

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Surrey Described And Divided Into Hundreds : 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. The map of Surrey includes views of Richmond and Nonsuch Palaces, coats of arms and ornate strapwork. This example was printed before 1627, as evidenced by the names of John Sudbury and George Humble on the imprint but, unusually lacks the normally seen verso text. The map has expert repairs to trimmed margins, repaired at the lower right and set into protective margins, but remains a good decorative example of this great and sought-after map.
region: Surrey
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1646
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 505mm (15 by 20 inches).
ref: 42626

Price: £ 1400

 
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