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Sussex Described And Divided ...

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Sussex Described And Divided ... : 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. This very decorative map has a plan of Chichester at top left, the Royal Coats of Arms and a battle scene at top right balanced by the arms of Earl of Arundel along the lower border. Expert reinforcement to edges and centre fold but a very acceptable example.
region: Sussex
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1616
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 500mm (15 by 19.75 inches).
ref: 43004

Price: £ 850

 
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