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Auction 185, Lot 444

"The Countie and Citie of Lyncolne Described with the Armes of Them That Have Bene Earles Thereof Since the Conquest", Speed, John

Subject: Eastern England

Period: 1610 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 15.1 inches
50.5 x 38.4 cm
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Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of Lincolnshire. The map is finely detailed and incorporates a town plan of Lincoln, a strapwork title cartouche with a royal crest and a compass rose, a scale cartouche with compass and putti, a sea monster and sailing ship, and ten armorials of the Earls of Lincoln. Battle scenes are depicted above a block of text describing the two major conflicts that were fought in the region in the years 1140 and 1217. English text on verso. The plate is cracked and it appears as if the bottom left corner of the plate broke off in the printing process, indicating that this is from a later edition.

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

Condition: B

A nice impression on a toned sheet with some dampstaining that enters the map image at top and a tear adjacent to the centerfold at bottom that has been closed on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $230

Closed on 11/17/2021