Auction 122, Lot 460

"Cornwall", Speed, John

Subject: England, Cornwall

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm

This extravagantly decorative map of the county of Cornwall, inset with a view of Launceston, was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. The map is filled with placenames and charming, pictorial topography. Vignettes along the right of the map show the Cheesewring and the Hurlers, as well as other ancient stone monuments of the county. At bottom are the arms of the several Dukes of Cornwall, flanked with figures. The sea is filled with sea monsters, as well as several fine sailing ships. With the imprint of Bassett and Chiswell, it was probably published around 1676. Related English text on verso.


Condition: C+

Paper added at top to extend the narrow margin and repair a couple of short tears into the border. Scattered damp stains and toning on the centerfold. Lower centerfold reinforced on the verso with a paper repair, also closing a short tear just to the border. Still a very attractive map that would frame well.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 12/5/2007