Auction 127, Lot 3

"The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdomes of England Scotland and Ireland and the Isles Adjoyning…", Speed, John

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1676 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 14.8 inches
24.1 x 37.6 cm

This superb title page is from this prestigious English atlas. The title is presented in an elaborate architectural framework with alcoves featuring a native Britain at top flanked with the figures of four invaders - a Roman, Saxon, Dane, and Norman. The sheet was beautifully engraved by R. White for the Bassett and Chiswell edition.


Condition: B

A fine dark impression with lovely color. Remargined at left with a 1" tear repaired near the Dane.

Estimate: $425 - $500

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/25/2009