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Auction 135, Lot 441

"Cambridgshire Described with the Devision of the Hundreds, the Townes Situation, with the Armes of the Colleges of that Famous Universiti", Speed, John

Subject: Cambridge, England

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 14.8 inches
52.1 x 37.6 cm

One of the most decorative maps of Cambridgeshire, Speed's map is flanked with University armorials with the dates of their founding. The coats of arms of Dukes and Earls form a border along the bottom. The map was drawn and updated from the surveys of Norden and Saxton and is filled with detail. Four university scholars and a bold title cartouche topped with the royal arms further adorn the map. The composition is completed with an inset plan of Cambridge with a key to the colleges and churches. Published by John Sudbury and George Humble in the Latin edition of 1616.

References: Goss (Art) plt. #5.48.

Condition: B+

Dark impression with original color that is slightly oxidized with good original margins. There are some damp stains and color offsetting in the armorials at bottom

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 2/16/2011