A very attractive example from the most prestigious English world atlas of the seventeenth century by John Speed (1552-1629). This map of Italy is arguably one of the finest of the carte-a-figures by Goos in the atlas. Rather than the more usual single figures in the decorative side panels we find here pairs of figures. Each of eight regions’ dress are represented; the Vatican, Neapolitans, Venetians, Florentians, the Duke of Venice, Romaines, Milanians and Genva (Geneva). Along the upper border are six views of Italian towns representing Verone, Naples, Venice, Rome, Geneva and Florence. The upper corners bear the Arms of the Pope and Venice. A good example with a dark impression.
Speed is the most famous of all the English map-makers. His two most celebrated publications are ‘The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain’ covering the British Isles, first published in 1611 and the ‘Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’, first published in 1627, two years before the death of Speed. Speed was a tailor by profession with a great interest in history and maps. He wanted to produce an English atlas of the same high standards and quality as those published on the continent. Borri no. 93; Phillips ‘Atlases’ 5928; Shirley BL T.Spe 1e; Skelton 16.