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Auction 188, Lot 370

"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)

Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 15.3 inches
51.6 x 38.9 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. Includes the imprint of Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, published circa 1676. The plate is cracked and chipped at bottom left, which occurred during the printing process and appears in all later editions. English text on verso.

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

Condition: B

A crisp impression on a sheet with a small fleur-de-lis watermark, archival repairs to a few minor separations along the centerfold, color bleed-through on verso, and the chipped portion of the plate at bottom left has been replaced in facsimile. Trimmed to the neatlines on all sides.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/22/2022