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The Mapping of North America

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This decorative map of Radnor is by arguably the most famous English cartographer, John Speed (1552-1629) 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. His maps are noted for being the first to include the boundaries of the hundreds, and for introducing town plans on the maps, here one of Radnor upper left. This issue is from the 1627 edition, the first to include a foreign atlas and bears descriptive text on the verso. Booth (1977) pp. 30-34; Skelton (1970) nos. 7 & 16.

The Countie of Radnor Described and the Shyretownes Sittuatione Anno 1610

George Humble at the Whitehorse in Popes-Head Alley, London, 1612-[27]
385 x 510 mm., with minor printers crease lower left otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 8999


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