C1610

Denbigh Shire

Mapmaker:

John Speed (1563 - 1612)

Rare first edition of this map 1610  with, “And are to be sold in popes head alley by John Sudbury and George Humble“, with the sea shaded and English text on verso. Very decorative early map of the county of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Denbigh Shire

Date:

C1610

Mapmaker:

John Speed (1563 - 1612)

Condition:

Narrow side margins, minor splitting at lower centre fold with small worm hole, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

510mm 
x 385mm
AUTHENTICITY
Denbigh Shire - Antique Print from 1610

Genuine antique
dated:

1610

Description:

Rare first edition of this map 1610  with, “And are to be sold in popes head alley by John Sudbury and George Humble“, with the sea shaded and English text on verso.

Very decorative early map of the county of Radnor, Wales by John Speed, one of the most famous of all English map makers.

References: Chubb p.30.11

From: John Speed’s, The Seconde Booke:  containing the Principalitie of Wales, ‘The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine’ /’The Second Booke Containing the Principalities of Wales.

Biography:

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 mapmaking.

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