Auction 145, Lot 425

"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

20.4 x 15.5 inches
51.8 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 Bassett and Chiswell in 1676. Related English text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-2f.

Condition: B

Watermarked paper with a slightly uneven impression at top and professional repairs to several centerfold separations, a short tear east of Iceland, and a tear that enters 1" into map at bottom. A number of large chips in right and left margins have been expertly repaired, including a tear that extends across the very tip of the bottom right border.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,250

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 6/12/2013