"France, Revised and Augmented, the Attires of the French and Situations of Their Chieftest Cityes Observed by John Speede", Speed, John
Period: 1676 (circa)
Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World…
Color: Hand Color
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.
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.