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Auction 127, Lot 528

"Spaine Newly Described, with Many Adictions, both in the Attires of the People & the setuations of their Chiefest Cityes", Speed, John

Subject: Spain & Portugal

Period: 1626 (dated)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World…

Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.3 inches
53.3 x 41.4 cm
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This lovely copper engraved carte-a-figures map covers the Iberian Peninsula and provide good detail as well being one of the most visually appealing seventeenth century maps of Spain and Portugal. The frieze across the top includes city plans of Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Valladolid, Granada, Toledo, Barcelona, Burgos, and Cadiz. The side panels feature costumed figures of the major regions: Hispani, Castili, Biscai, Luistani, and Granadi - men on the left and women on the right. The English text on the verso has a description of the region, people and history as seen through eyes of a Jacobian English historian. This is an early edition published by George Humble in pops-head Alley against ye Exchange.


Condition: B+

The map has been professionally remargined at sides and bottom. The lower centerfold has been repaired near Alboran Islands and a tiny tear into Granada has been repaired. All conservation has been very skillfully done.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/25/2009