Speed's Map Featuring London
"Midle-Sex Described with the Most Famous Cities of London and Westminster", Speed, John
Subject: London, England
Period: 1627 (circa)
Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine
Color: Black & White
20.3 x 15.2 inches
51.6 x 38.6 cm
This superb map of Middlesex extends to include portions of Berkshire, Hartford, Surrey, Kent and Essex with the Thames River prominently depicted. Flanking the main map are insets of London and Westminster at top and engravings of St. Peter's and St. Paul's Cathedrals at bottom. Decorated by an elegant distance scale in English Miles and partial compass rose. Considered one of the most decorative maps of the region. Imprint at bottom reads "Described by John Norden, Agumented by J. Speed, Solde in Popes head alley against the Exchange by George Humble." Jodocus Hondius is identified as the engraver in 1610 just above the bottom neat line. English text on verso.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1e.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with light soiling primarily along the centerfold. Backed in tissue to repair a long centerfold separation, several short tears, and a few small chips mostly in the bottom blank margin.