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Auction 195, Lot 794

"England Wales Scotland and Iri Land Described...", Speed/Kaerius

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1627 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

5.2 x 3.8 inches
13.2 x 9.7 cm
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This is the title page to the "miniature Speed" atlas of the British Isles, which includes the imprint of George Humble and features two putti, a Dane and a Norman. The miniature Speed atlas was not published by John Speed, but rather by George Humble, who had published the first edition of Speed's folio-sized Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain in 1612 and A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World in 1627. Humble used maps engraved by Pieter van den Keere and credited the miniature atlas to John Speed due to the commercial success of his folio atlases.

References: King (2nd edition) pp. 100-103; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.KEE-1d.

Condition: B

Toned with some small chips along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $80 - $95

Sold for: $60

Closed on 11/15/2023