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The Mapping of North America

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FIRST EDITION. This attractive map of the county of Suffolk is by arguably the most famous English cartographer, John Speed (1552-1629). It was published in the first edition of 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, in this case John Norden (1547?-1625), and had the plates engraved by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam. The map included many improvements over that of Norden’s map which survives in just one known example at the Royal Geographical Society. Of note is the legend lower right describing the Battle of Hastings which commences ‘William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy …’. The book took several years to prepare hence earlier dates appear on some, in this case Skelton cites one earlier proof exists. His maps are noted for being the first to include the boundaries of the hundreds, and for introducing town plans on the maps, here being the city of Chichester. A fine dark impression. Shirley (2004) T.Spe 1b; Skelton (1970) 7; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

Sussex Described and divided into Rapes with the situation of Chichester the cheife citie therof

John Sudbury and George Humble, London, 1612
FIRST EDITION. 385 x 510 mm., dark impression, 1 cms. centrefold repair lower margin, light even toning throughout, otherwise in very good condition.
Stock number: 10899
£ 1,250
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