Long title: Hererfordshire described with the true plot of the Citie Hereford as alsoe the Armes of thos Nobles that have been intituled with that Dignity. Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size: 53.4cms.x 40.8cms. Image size : 510mm.x 375mm. English text to verso describing the county, its history and features. Plan of the city of Hereford with armorials and battle-scene below. Centrefold as issued. In Speed's day 28 castle with their feudal appendages survived intact and were occupied as homes by their owners. Like other marcher counties, there were anomalies in the extent of Herefordshire, it had outliers in three adjoining counties and itself incorporated a part of Monmouthshire. Several further oddities had been ironed out at the Union of England with Wales in 1536, but those remaining were largely resolved by Herefordshire falling within the jurisdiction of the Council in the Marches of Wales, which had its headquarters just across the Shropshire border at Ludlow. (See The Counties of Britain A Tudor Atlas by John Speed. A Hawkyard) The battle of Ludford Bridge (actually fought in Shropshire in 1461) is depicted on the right hand side of the map; the list of armorials also contains a high number of errors. Bottom right and left are two surveyors or mathematicians, the right hand one encompassing the scale of distance. Three repaired wormholes at extreme btoom margin else excellent condition. 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 Speed's maps are unique historical documents of their time and the town plans featured on the maps are in most cases the first information we have of their early apppearance.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|
|Publisher||Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell|
|Published at year||1676|
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