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Auction 175, Lot 366

"Cornwall", Speed, John

Subject: Cornwall, England

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 14.9 inches
50.5 x 37.8 cm
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This extravagant and decorative map of the county of Cornwall, inset with a view of Launceston, was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. The map is divided into hundreds and is filled with place names. Vignettes along the right of the map show the legendary Cheesewring and Hurlers, as well as other ancient stone monuments of the county. At bottom are the arms of the several Dukes of Cornwall. The sea is filled with sea monsters, a highly decorative compass rose, and several fine sailing ships. The imprint of John Sudbury and George Humble is located at bottom right, published circa 1612. English text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1b.

Condition: B+

An early impression with attractive color. There is one small rust spot in the inset and short centerfold separations at top and bottom that have been professionally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $4,000

Closed on 11/13/2019