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Wales : J. Speed

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A rare, early printing of John Speed's renowned map of Wales - one of the most decorative maps to be found of the Principality. In the four corners of the map are shown the diocesan cities of Bangor, St. Asaph, Llandaff and St. David's, while the compass rose bears the arms of the Prince of Wales. The two side panels show the twelve county towns of Wales - excluding Monmouth. This finely engraved and detailed map is most sought after 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, or Latin, text printed on the reverse, this is a rare example of the map having no text to verso. 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. Later printings, from an old and worn plate, are notably inferior whereas this example shows the engraving at its freshest on good quality paper. Despite minor expert repairs, including a new protective border, a very attractive example of this great and sought-after map.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1627
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 42627

Price: £ 1200

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