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SPEED, John

England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described

London, c.1632
Oblong octavo (100 x 150 mm.), full contemporary calf, boards blind panelled and gilt edged, blind ownership initials of ‘T L’ on both boards, rebacked with raised bands and blind ruled compartments, original endpapers. With engraved title, engraved ‘Catalogue of all the Shires’, 63 full page engraved maps by van den Keere after Speed, 2 folding, no pagination but signatures A-Z8, [Aa4], light water stain to title, Yorkshire inserted from another example, final few leaves curled at edges due to rubbing on the binding, otherwise a good example.
An early edition of the ‘miniature Speed’. ‘The small English county map plates engraved by Pieter van den Keere in about 1605 were used by Willem Blaeu for his edition of Camden’s ‘Britannia’ in 1617 with the addition of two slightly larger folding maps: those of the British Isles and Yorkshire. The plates then came into the possession of the London publisher George Humble who added further maps and reprinted them under the name of John Speed for the first of a popular series of ‘miniature Speed’ atlases’ (Shirley, of the first Humble edition). Although bearing a similar date to the first edition of 1627 the text here is reset correcting errors found. Similarly printed by John Dawson, this edition is believed to have been issued like later ones at about the same time as the folio ‘Theatre’ which although similarly undated, provides evidence of a date of issue no earlier than 1632. These are the first editions published following the death of John Speed in 1629. Provenance: indecipherable script inside upper board; inscribed ‘Pascalis:/ Henry’ and ‘god help us all’ on first free endpaper; Sotheby’s 9 May 2006 lot 115; private English collection. Burden (2007); ESTC 117733; Shirley (2004) T.Kee 1e; Skelton (1970) no. 18.
Stock number: 10129

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