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SPEED, John
Surrey described and divided into Hundreds
London: , 1611-12. Copperplate engraving with hand colour. Mount size:580 × 695 mm. Repairs to central fold, but in good overall condition. This delightful county map of the county of Surrey is from the first edition of Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain. This is a marvellous "snapshot" of a county that was paradoxically both rustic and rural, but also close to the bustling, thriving London of James I. Due to that proximity, together with its accommodating countryside of hunting lodges, woods and hills, ideal for hunting game and deer, the county was unsurprisingly a favoured haunt of royalty, where successive monarchs, Henry VII and VIII, built the royal palaces of Richmond and Nonsuch. Compared to the fetid air of London, the air in Surrey was "most sweet and delectable". Speed's map of Surrey is embellished with all manor of interesting decorations, including a compass rose, mileage scale and the armorial arms of the earls of Surrey.
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