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The Mapping of North America

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FIRST EDITION. This map of Surrey is by arguably the most famous English cartographer, John Speed (1552-1629) and first published in the ‘Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain’, 1612. It was the first atlas of the whole British Isles. He was a tailor by trade and had a fascination for history. He used numerous sources for the counties and had the plates engraved by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam. The book took several years to prepare hence earlier dates appear on some. Speed’s maps are noted for being the first to include the boundaries of the hundreds, and for introducing town plans on the maps. This includes inset views of Richmond and Nonsuch Palaces with Coats-of-arms at the sides. Shirley (2004) T.Spe 1b.

Surrey Described and Divided into Hundreds

London, 1612
FIRST EDITION. 380 x 510 mm., with lower centrefold split repaired, small tear just into engraved margin upper left repaired, extreme lower right corner of margin reinstated, otherwise a dark impression in good condition.
Stock number: 9619
£ 850
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