Auction 140, Lot 430

"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 x 15.5 inches
50.8 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 and published by George Humble between 1627-32. Related English text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-2a #4.

Condition: B

Attractive color on watermarked paper with light show-through of text on verso, minor soiling, and professional paper repairs along centerfold. There is a small repaired hole in the Gulf of Venice with minor loss of image. Expertly remargined on all four sides with a small amount of border in top left corner in facsimile.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,250

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 5/23/2012