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Auction 195, Lot 451

"Hereford-shire Described with the True Plot of the Citie Hereford, as Alsoe the Armes of Thos Nobles That Have Bene Intituled with That Dignitye", Speed, John

Subject: Western England

Period: 1676 (circa)

Publication: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 15.1 inches
51.1 x 38.4 cm
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A fine decorative county map with a large plan of the City of Hereford, a battle scene and the armorials of the Earls of Hereford. Further embellished with the depictions of two cartographers seated in the bottom corners and a strapwork title cartouche. The map itself is filled with detail including the "outliers" or small circular enclaves of land along the county's borders. One of the more interesting features of the map is a notation at Little Marcley, "Marcley hill which removed in Anno 1575." The English text on verso elaborates on this notation with a fanciful description of what was perhaps an earthquake. Imprint of Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell.

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

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a bright, watermarked sheet with very light soiling and some show-through of text on verso. There are archival repairs to a long centerfold separation at bottom and to some chips and tears confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 11/15/2023