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Auction 181, Lot 403

"Holy Iland [on sheet with] Garnsey [and] Farne [and] Iarsey", Speed, John

Subject: British Islands

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 15.1 inches
51.1 x 38.4 cm

This folio sheet has four maps finely engraved by Jodocus Hondius for Speed in 1610 as noted in the imprint at lower left. The islands of Holy Island and Farne (Lindisfarne), off the Northumberland coast are shown at left, and at right are Guernsey and Jersey. The islands are described in English text on verso. Each map is embellished with a compass rose, title and scale cartouche. At the bottom, the cartouche includes the coat of arms with two cherubs and the imprint of Bassett and Chiswell indicating it was published in 1676. English text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1k #68.1-68.4.

Condition: B+

Light soiling on a sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark and archival repairs to centerfold separations at top and bottom and to a tear that enters 3" into image at top left.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/10/2021