"Cardigan Shyre Described with the Due Forme of the Shiretown as It Was Surveyed", Speed, John
Subject: Ceredigion, Wales
Period: 1610 (dated)
Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine...
Color: Black & White
20.1 x 15.1 inches
51.1 x 38.4 cm
This ornate map of Ceredigion (or Cardiganshire) was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. It includes three decorative strapwork cartouches: one for the title, which features coats-of-arms and peacocks; one for the distance scale; and one encasing an inset plan of Cardigan. The inset plan shows the Cardigan Castle and the college. The map itself locates towns, hills, forests, rivers, and lakes. In the Irish Sea, there are sailing ships, sea monsters, and an elaborate compass rose with the Prince of Wales feathers at center. English text on verso, published by John Sudbury and George Humble.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1b.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with light toning and offsetting concentrated along the centerfold, a pair of worm holes just touching the neatline at top left and top right, and several edge tears, most of which have been repaired with archival tape and two of which (closed) enter into the neatline.