"Huntington both Shire and Shire Towne with the Ancient Citie Ely Described", Speed, John
Period: 1662 (dated)
Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine
Color: Hand Color
20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm
Superb map of Huntingtonshire with inset Huntington and Ely city plans, information on Ely along with family history and their coats of arms. This example was published in the Bassett and Chiswell edition of 1676. John Speed is best known for this important atlas of Great Britain, which is considered the finest achievement in British map-making. Speed assembled the information for this atlas based on the work of Christopher Saxton and John Norden, updated with new information. He also introduced innovations of his own including the inclusion of town plans, indications of the hundreds, county boundaries and the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes. The maps were finely engraved by Jodocus Hondius one of the preeminent engravers of the period; this one bearing his imprint at bottom right. English text on verso.
Narrow margins, as is usual. Toned along centerfold with some tape repairs on verso. Some chipping and short tears entering map that while not distracting would benefit from proper repair.