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Essex, Devided Into Hundreds, ... Fayre Towne Colchester ...
J.Speed - London - - 51 x 38.5 - Coloured - A wonderful map of the county of Essex with an inset plan of Colchester. John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period as a result of his atlas "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine" in which his maps of the individual English counties appeared. The maps are perhaps the best known and amongst the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up-to-date sources available, predominantly those of Saxton and Norden. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, vignette scenes of topographical, historical or archaeological interest and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. This is an early edition of the Essex map, a good impression, with attractive hand colour and expert restoration to areas of paper weakness.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan Potter Limited]
Last Found On: 2010-11-05           Check availability:      Direct From Bookseller    

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