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CUMBERLAND, CUMBRIA, JOHN SPEED original antique map c1662
- CUMBERLAND And the Ancient Citie Carlile DescribedWith many memorable antiquities therein found observedby JOHN SPEED.Published London circa 1662 by Roger Rea for "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine".A superb original copper engraved county map of Cumberland by John Speed, enhanced with attractive and appropriate later hand colouring.The map features an inset street plan of Carlisle with a key identifying individual streets and buildings. The title is displayed with lion, unicorn and Royal crest in a circular cartouche, balanced with a matching cartouche opposite which displays details of the Picts Wall (Hadrian's Wall).Several coats of arms are featured together with a scale of miles and engravings of Roman relics.  An engraving of a battle scene with accompanying historical notes is also shown and the Irish Sea area is decorated with sailing ship and sea monster. English text verso gives a fascinating description of 17th century Cumberland. A scarce Roger Rea edition and a beautiful example for display.   Some old paper repairs have been made to minor edge tears to the lower margin not affecting map area, and a faint library blind stamp in the lower right corner of the border is barely visible. Otherwise fine, clean condition. Approx 19.5" x 14.5" (495mm x 375mm) map area only with good margins beyond.Please see also close up images.     John Speed remains unarguably the most famous English mapmaker, and his maps are sought after by collectors all around the world. His "Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine" was published in various editions from 1612 to 1676 and was the very first atlas of the British Isles.A GENUINE ANTIQUE MAP GUARANTEED OVER 300 YEARS OLD FROM LINDISFARNE PRINTSD316
      [Bookseller: Lindisfarne Prints]
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