Stunning Carte-a-Figures Map of Italy
"Italia Newly Augmented", Speed, John
Period: 1626 (dated)
Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 15.6 inches
51.6 x 39.6 cm
This carte-de-figures map is one of the most beautiful maps of Italy ever produced. Along the top are individual engraved views of Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Verona and Genoa. At sides are panels depicting the regional costumes of the aristocracy from each of the above pictured cities, plus a couple from Milan and the pope. Four coat-of-arms are also included. The map itself shows the provinces, rivers, mountains, and cities, and is richly embellished with decorative title and distance cartouches, ships and a compass rose. English text on verso describes the history of Italy from classical times and its political divisions. The imprint of George Humble at Pop-head Aley is in the cartouche.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-2a #13.
A nice impression with a faint stain along the centerfold at bottom that is primarily visible in the blank margin and was caused by a piece of cello tape that had been used on verso to close a 1" separation; the cello tape has since been completely removed and the separation has been closed on verso with archival material.