Long title: Somerset_shire described and into hundreds devided, with the plott of the famous and most wholfom waters and citie of the Bathe. Copper engraving,possibly early hand colouring .Overall size : 53.2cms.x 41.6cms. Image size : 505mm x 375mm. Title in cartouche; very large plan of Bath top left; eight armorials; royal coat of arms and two large sailing ships. English text on verso. Speed describes the county as being: garnished with Pastures and delightful Meadows, and beautified with Mannor-houses both many and fair; and (in a word) hath every thing in it to content the purse, the heart, the eye, at home and sufficient Ports to give entertainment to Commodities from abroad..etc . Fox spot right margin; repair to top right margin well away from image (6cms and not noticeable); one short split top margin, just touching neatline; fox spot top margin; small chip (6mm) at edge of left margin; tiny nick bottom margin; overall toning but 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 Speed's maps are unique historical documents of their time and the town plans featured on the maps are in most cases the first information we have of their early apppearance.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||John Sudbury and George Humble|
|Published at year||1627|
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