Auction 179, Lot 474

"Cambridgshire Described with the Devision of the Hundreds, the Townes Situation, with the Armes of the Colleges of that Famous Universiti", Speed, John

Subject: Cambridge, England

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine

Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 15.1 inches
52.6 x 38.4 cm

One of the most decorative maps of Cambridgeshire, Speed's map is flanked with University armorials with the dates of their founding. The coats of arms of Dukes and Earls form a border along the bottom. The map was drawn and updated from the surveys of Norden and Saxton and is filled with detail. Four university scholars and a bold title cartouche topped with the royal arms further adorn the map. The composition is completed with an inset plan of Cambridge with a key to the colleges and churches. Published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell in the 1676 edition of The Theatre.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1j; Goss (Art) plt. #5.48.

Condition: B+

Issued on watermarked paper with minor foxing and a long centerfold separation that has been closed on verso with old paper. Several edge tears at bottom that just enter the image have also been repaired on verso with old paper. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/16/2020