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Auction 132, Lot 415

"Hartford Shire Described the Sittuations of Hartford, and the Most Ancient Towne S Albons with such Memorable Actions as have Happened", Speed, John

Subject: England

Period: 1616 (published)

Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm
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This is a classic decorative county map from John Speed’s important English atlas. Besides presenting the most up-to-date information in his maps, Speed also included detailed city plans; in this instance a plan of the city of Hertford and Verolandium, the ancient Roman town near St Albans. Based on John Norden's map of 1598, the map is richly embellished with battle scenes, coats of arms, and decorative cartouches with extensive text describing the county and its history. Second state, engraved by Jodocus Hondius and published by John Sudbury and George Humble, English text on verso with the printer's signature Aa.

References: Hodson (MCC-53) #7.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned with an old paper repair of a 1" tear at bottom centerfold and some stray color in the text block at lower left. There are remnants of mounting hinges on verso.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/2/2010