Auction 139, Lot 407

"The North-West-Road from London to Hollyhead; and its Branches to the Principal Towns, with their Computed Distances", Speed, John

Subject: England

Period: 1676 (published)

Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Black & White

14 x 16 inches
35.6 x 40.6 cm

This unusual diagrammatic table of road distances depicts the routes between London and Holyhead in Wales. This is one of the five thematic road maps of England that were included in the 1676 edition of John Speed's Theater of the Empire of Great Britain. This map shows the place names and distances between towns beginning in London and branching out through numerous roads to the northwest.

References: Akeman, p. 41-42.

Condition: B

A fine impression on watermarked paper with a professionally repaired small hole adjacent to centerfold near bottom with a tiny amount of image in facsimile. There are also a few small tears near centerfold that have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/15/2012