"Barkshire Described", Speed, John
Subject: Southern England
Period: 1616 (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
Speed's elaborate map of the Berkshire region features a large vignette of Windsor Castle at top. A small vignette at left depicts a the Battle at Radcott Bridge (1387) and a listing above it indicates who received the Order of Garter in 1350 (the highest order of chivalry in England). The map is handsomely embellished with three coats of arms, compass rose, and distance scale. Published by John Sudbury and George Humble. English text on verso.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-1b.
A nice impression on a sheet with a small coat of arms watermark, very light soiling, and an old manuscript ink notation in the bottom margin. There are archival repairs to a long centerfold separation and some short tears in the bottom margin. Two printer's creases at top center have been reinforced with old paper on verso.