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Auction 92, Lot 246

"Britain as it was Devided in the Tyme of the Englishe-Saxons Especially during their Heptarchy", Speed, John

Subject: Britain

Period: 1611 (circa)

Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm
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Speed's famous double page map of the Saxon kingdoms. Large panels at each side of the map are illustrations of kings from each of the kingdoms with their coat of arms. The map covers all of England and Scotland in detail, with only the eastern part of Ireland shown with a few place names. The sea is fully engraved in a wave-like pattern. Coats of arms are placed within the map to locate the various kingdoms. Three strapwork cartouches and a compass rose further embellish the map. This is a superb example of the array of illustrative features and cartographic detail for which Speed is so famous. With the imprint of John Sudbury & George Humble in Popes head alley.


Condition: B

Couple of old tears, which appears to be very old, as the repairs on the verso incorporate pieces of text matching the printing perfectly. Close margins at sides, apparently as issued. Very lovely old color.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 9/13/2000