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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. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, including county boundaries on almost all maps and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. Speed also produced the first world atlas by an Englishman, entitled The Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World (1627). The maps are famous for their bordering panels of national characters in local costume and panoramic views depicting the areas of major towns and cities. In addition to the obvious decorative quality of the maps. This example is of one of the latest issues of the map, showing signs of alterations, the removal of an engraving date, the addition of roads and other features and a revised publisher's imprint "Sold by Henry Overton at the White Horse Without Newgate London" This attractive example is trimmed a little close at top margin and has protective margin added at lower left corner.
mapmaker: J. Speed
place and date of publication: London 1612-c.1740
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 44052
size in mm: 380 by 500mm (15 by 19.75 inches).
Price: £ 500
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