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Auction 196, Lot 380

"Stafford Countie and Towne with the Ancient Citie Lichfeild Described", Speed, John

Subject: Central 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
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An attractive map of Staffordshire with insets of Stafford and Litchfield in the top corners, each with a key to important locations. The map is divided into hundreds and shows good detail of cities, towns and villages, rivers and forests. At left there is an illustration and description of the Battle of Blore Heath, an early engagement in the War of the Roses (1455-87). The map is decorated by strapwork cartouches and coats of arms from the region. Imprint of John Sudbury and George Humble at bottom center. Latin text on verso.

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

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with archival repairs to a 4" centerfold separation at bottom and to both a 2" and 0.5" edge tear at right. Narrow margin at lower left.

Estimate: $500 - $650


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