"Sussex Described and Divided into Rapes with the Situation of Chichester the Cheife Citie Thereof...", Speed, John
Subject: Southern England
Period: 1610 (dated)
Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine...
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 15.3 inches
51.6 x 38.9 cm
Speed's elaborate map of Sussex features a small bird's-eye plan of Chichester and a vignette battle scene. The map is handsomely embellished with the Royal Coat of Arms, the title appearing on the pages of a book, and several strapwork cartouches at bottom encompassing the distance scale, a brief history of the county, and coats of arms of important families. The British Sea is filled with ships and sea monsters. English text on verso with a list of towns and additional information on the county. Engraved by Jodocus Hondius and published by John Sudbury and George Humble.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1b.
Attractive color on watermarked paper with moderate to heavy toning, two 1" centerfold separations, and minor extraneous creasing. There is paper tape along the edges of the sheet on verso.