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Auction 135, Lot 434

"Cornwall", Speed, John

Subject: England

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm
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This extravagant and decorative map of the county of Cornwall, inset with a view of Launceston, was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. The map is shows the divisions into hundreds and is filled with place names. Vignettes along the right of the map show the legendary Cheesewring and Hurlers, as well as other ancient stone monuments of the county. At bottom are the arms of the several Dukes of Cornwall. The sea is filled with sea monsters, a highly decorative compass rose, and several fine sailing ships. This bears the first edition imprint of Sudbury and Humble, so was published in either 1611 or 1614. Related English text on verso with Book I., Chap. 11., (page) 21.


Condition: B+

Nice impression with good original margins. There is an old paper repair on a minor fold separation at bottom.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/16/2011