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First Edition with Original Outline Color

England. SPEED, J. [London, 1627]
The Kingdome of England. 15 ¼ x 20 inches
Original outline color; lightly toned, else excellent.


First edition of Speed’s vibrant map of England, here with rare period color, illustrated along the sides with figures of men and women in Stuart dress representing various strata of society: nobility, gentle people, citizens and country folk. The 1627 edition of the atlas (Sudbury and Humble imprint) in which this map appeared was the last published in Speed's lifetime. The table at right lists England’s counties and the number of cities, bishoprics, market towns, castles, bridges, parks etc. in each. The map, based on Christopher Saxon’s, was engraved by Jodocus Hondius in 1610 but not first published until 1612. Following the present issue, the map re-engraved by Abraham Goos and was subsequently re-issued and revised a number of times.

Shirley 400.

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