Auction 129, Lot 457

"Europ, and the Cheife Cities Contayned therein Described; with the Habits of Most Kingdoms Now in Use", Speed, John

Subject: Europe

Period: 1626 (dated)

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

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 15.5 inches
51.6 x 39.4 cm

This is one of the most beautiful carte-a-figure maps of Europe, surrounded with vignettes on three sides. The upper frieze has eight bird's-eye views of London, Paris, Rome, Constantinople, Venice, Prague, Amsterdam and Lisbon. The side borders contain the costumes of the noblemen and women of ten European nations. The map shows the well-detailed but fictitious island of Frisland just off the coast of Iceland, and the seas are alive with sea monsters and ships. Beautifully engraved by Abraham Goos; George Humble edition, sold in Popeshead Alley. Related English text on verso.


Condition: B+

Lovely impression and color. The bottom portion of the centerfold has been reinforced on the verso with tissue, repairing a small tear just into the map. There are a few light stains near the bottom of the map, otherwise it is very good.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 9/23/2009