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Midle-Sex
George Humble. First. unbound. Miniature Map. Engraving. 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" Miniature Map. Engraving. 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"Rare undated first edition of John Speed's "Theatre" in miniature. John Speed (1552-1629), born in Cheshire and a tailor by profession until he was 50, is widely considered to be the most famous English cartographer of the 17th century. He is noted for placing England in the mainstream of map publishing, an industry which was at the time dominated by the Dutch. His atlas "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine" contained the first set of individual county maps of England and Wales, as well as significant town plans that are in many cases the first visual records of their subjects. This map of the Islands is a wonderful example of his work.
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