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The ‘Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’ by John Speed is arguably the second most important English county atlas ever printed and quite probably the most famous. Speed was a tailor by trade who had a fascination for history. It is the earliest published atlas of the entire British Isles and the first series of county maps to uniformly depict the boundaries, “the Shires diuisions, into Lathes, Hundreds, Wapentakes and Cantreds … I have separated”. He goes on to tell us that the source for much of this information was the ‘Parlament Rowles’, roads are not identified. The wood-blocks cut for the verso text are the work of Christopher Schwytzer. The text itself is largely derived from that of William Camden’s ‘Britannia’. The engraving of the maps is the work of Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612). This example of the county of Shropshire is from the only Latin edition printed by Thomas Snodham in 1616. What makes this example special however is that it is in FULL EARLY WASH COLOUR, a great rarity. His maps are noted for introducing town plans. Here we find a fine plan of Shrewsbury upper right. Chubb (1927) XXIV; Globe (1985) p. 99; Hind (1952-55) II pp. 67-95; Schilder (2007) pp. 481-2; Schilder (2008) pp. 165-70; Shirley (2004) T.Spe 1d; Skelton (1970) no. 11; Tooley ‘John Speed. A Personal View’, in ‘The Map Collector’ no. 1 pp. 4-9; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

Shropshyre Described the Sittuation of Shrowesbury Shewed with the Armes of thos Earles, and other Memorable Things Observed

London, 1612-[16]
390 x 520 mm., with EARLY WASH COLOUR in very good condition.
Stock number: 7075


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