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Europ, ...

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Europ, ... : J. Speed

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From the first world atlas produced in England, John Speed's map is a typically decorative "carte a figures". Side panels depict elegantly costumed figures including English, French, German, Hungarian and Bohemian women and Spanish, Venetian, Belgian, Polish and Greek men. Along the top border of the map are vignettes of major cities including London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Constantinople, Prague, Amsterdam and Lisbon. A generally good example of this famous map engraved by Abraham Goos. John Speed's carte-a-figures. John Speed's "Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World .", published in 1627 was the first world atlas to be produced by an Englishman in England and comprised a series of maps with decorated borders in the latest Dutch style showing town plans and panoramas above, and costumed national figures at each side. They are consequently among the most decorative maps of the countries they show and, with the double-page English verso text, amongst the most informative. Europe's main cities - London, Paris, Rome, Constantinople, Venice, Prague, Amsterdam and Lisbon appear above the map while columns of five finely attired figures appear at each side including a Venetian, Germane, Spainyard, Polonian and so on. This early issue of a famous map illustrates clearly the fine engraving of Abraham Goos. The following group, from the 1676 edition, are attractively coloured with, as often found, minor repairs or reinforcements to central or marginal paper weakness, nevertheless, very acceptable examples of these famous and sought-after maps.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1627-1676
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 395 by 510mm (15.5 by 20 inches).
ref: 44073

Price: £ 2400

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