Auction 146, Lot 485

"France, Revised and Augmented, the Attires of the French and Situations of Their Chieftest Cityes Observed by John Speede", Speed, John

Subject: France

Period: 1676 (circa)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.5 x 15.8 inches
52.1 x 40.1 cm

This attractive copper engraved carte-a-figures map covers France in great detail. Ten figures flank the left and right side of the map showing the King, Queen, a merchant, a lawyer and a farmer to name a few. Above the map are eight town plans including Paris, Orleans and Bordeaux. Imprint of Bassett and Chiswell in the title cartouche. English text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1j.

Condition: B

A nice impression with some faint damp stains in the right portion of the image and archival repairs to a centerfold separation at bottom that extends to the center of the map and a short tear that enters bottom left corner. There is a small hole (0.3 x 0.8") along the upper centerfold that has also been archivally repaired with a tiny amount of image loss. Very narrow margins, as is common with Speed's maps.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/4/2013

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