Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size : 52.8cms.x 40.8cms. Image size : 500mm.x 381mm. Title in cartouche, the German Empire here extends from Poland in the Northeast to the Danube. Engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's Prospect of the World, this carte a figure map has eight bird's-eye views of cities : Heidelberg, Frankfurt,Wien, Prague , Coln, Nurenburg, Strasburg, Augsburga, and ten costume vignettes make up the side borders: of a Nobleman, Mar Wife, Bohemian, Helvetian, Cont Man, Gen Woman, Marchant, Bohemian (woman), Helvetian (woman) and Con Woman on the sides. English text on verso provides a 17th Century description of the German Empire.. Centrefold as published. Three foxspots in top left blank and one in Part of France, bottom left blank; some browning and scuffing to margins but map itself in very good condition. Old strengthening on verso 6.5cms from bottom of map - virtually invisible even from back. Lovely example. Until his late thirties, John Speed was a tailor by trade but his passion for history and map-making led him to gain a patron in Sir Fulke Greville, the poet and statesman, who found him a post in the customs and helped subsidize his map-making, giving him 'full liberty to express the inclination of my mind'. He became aquainted with the publisher William Camden, whose descriptive text was used by Speed for most of the maps in his atlas 'The Theatre of Empire of Great Britain' published most probably in 1612 although it bears the date 1611 on the main title page. The maps were engraved in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius, one of the foremost engravers of his time. Speed's maps are unique historical documents of their time and the town plans featured on the maps are in most cases the first information we have of their early apppearance. Their artistry has guaranteed the collectability of these maps in the centuries that have followed.
|Map maker||Speed, John|
|Published at year||1626-1641|
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