C1611

Denbigh Shire

First published edition of John Speed’s map of the county of Denbighshire, Wales with English text on verso and with ‘Sold by John Sudbury and George Humble’, lower left, identified by ‘sold…..by John Sudbury  and Georg Humble, and dated 1610’, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Denbigh Shire

Date:

C1611

Condition:

Narrow side margins, particularly the right. Minor splitting at lower centre fold with small worm hole, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

510mm 
x 385mm

Paper Size: 

517mm 
x 405mm
AUTHENTICITY
Denbigh Shire - Antique Map from 1611

Genuine antique
dated:

1611

Description:

First published edition of John Speed’s map of the county of Denbighshire, Wales with English text on verso and with ‘Sold by John Sudbury and George Humble’, lower left, identified by ‘sold…..by John Sudbury  and Georg Humble, and dated 1610’, at lower right.

Distinctive and and famous decorative map by John Speed with an inset of Carmarthen (the oldest town in Wales) and engraved by the important Dutch mapmaker Jodocus Hondius. from the first full edition (Shirley) of Speed’s atlas. There is an earlier proof edition of Speed’s Atlas issued between 1605-1610 without text on the verso and of which there are only five sets known.

From John Speed’s ‘The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine‘ / ‘The Second Booke Containing the Principalities of Wales

Collections:
Yale Centre for British Art: Rare Books and Manuscripts (Folio A) Atlas 34

References:
Chubb, T. The Printed Maps in the Atlases of Great Britain and Ireland ..1579-1870. Folkestone 1977 p.29 -34.
Tyacke, S. English Map-Making 1500-1650. British Library. London 1983 37, 38.
Shirley, R. Maps in the Atlases of The British Library. London 2004 T.SPE-1b, Vol1, p.963.
Skelton, R.A. County Atlases of the British Isles 1579-1703.London 1970: 7, pp.30-44, 119/120

John Speed (1563 - 1612)

John Speed (1563-1612) Speed was born at Cheshire, and went into his father’s tailoring business. While working in London, his knowledge of history led him into learned circles and he came to the attention of Sir Fulke Greville, who subsequently made him an allowance to enable him to devote his whole attention to research. As a reward for his earlier efforts, Queen Elizabeth granted Speed the use of a room in the Custom House. Speed began his Historie of Great Britaine, which was first published in 1611 and is an important record of the British towns depicted on his maps . In 1627 George Humble published the Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, printed by John Dawson. This is the world map from this atlas with Speed’s name in the title, but not attributed to him. His atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine was published in 1610-11, and contained the first series of individual county maps of England and Wales. It also included maps of Ireland and Scotland. In 1627, two years before his death, Speed published Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World which was the first world atlas produced by an Englishman. Like his other publications Speed used the Dutch map engraver Jodocus Hondius to engrave the plates. Speeds maps rightly hold a premier place in the cartography of Britain, with their superb embellishments and fine engraving made at the height of the Golden Age of map making.

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