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By: John Speed
Subject: Southern England
Date: 1605 (dated)
Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine
Condition Code: B+
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Color: hand color
Size: 20.9 x 15.3 inches
53.1 x 38.9 cm
Speed's stunning map of Oxfordshire is centered on the city of Oxford and includes a bird's-eye plan of the city in an inset at top, with a key below identifying important locations. Flanking the map are the coats of arms of Oxford University and its numerous colleges, with the approximate dates of their founding. Further embellishments include the Royal Arms and a pair of scholars studying a large terrestrial globe. English text on verso with a description of the county.
See also lot 472 for Shirley's Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, which lists this map.
Condition Description: A nice impression on watermarked paper with light soiling, some printer's ink residue, and a couple of short, professionally repaired edge tears that just enter border. The left, top and right margins have been professionally extended to accommodate framing.
Ref: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1b.