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The Counti Of Warwick The Shire Towne And Citie Of Coventre Described

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The Counti Of Warwick The Shire Towne And Citie Of Coventre Described : J. Speed

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John Speed's renowned map of the county of Warwickshire. The map is decorated with plans of Warwick and Coventry, and the arms of "such Honorable famylies as have bene Earls of Warwick". There is a depiction and history of the battle of Wolney in 1469. Birmingham is shown as a small town, and Stratford upon Avon, the home town of Shakespeare, is also marked. This finely engraved and detailed map 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. 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 the following century. 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. Most have the arms of local dignitaries and town plans, in many cases the first of those locations and surveyed by Speed himself. This example is of the 1676 edition , with the imprint of booksellers Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell. With minor and expert repair to weak margins, nevertheless an attractive example.
region: Warwickshire
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: 43003

Price: £ 750

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