Barkshire Described. FIRST EDITION.
£950.00 Approx $1235.37, €1098.27
Author: Speed, John
Publisher: Sudbury and Humble
Date published: 1611Long title: Barkshire Described with the sittuation of the Shire-towe Described Ann 1610. Copper engraving, later hand colouring .Overall size : 53.8cms.x 43.3cms. Image size : 513 x 387 mms. Considered the most decorative map of the county with its inset elevation of Windsor Castle, as seen from across the Thames, dominating the top; top left is a list of those who first received the honourable order of the garter. The English text on the verso describes the history of the castle in detail and declares : The Ayre is temperate, sweet, and delightfull and prospect for pleasure inferiour to none; the Soyle is plenteous of Corne, especially in the Vale of White-horse, that yeeldeth yeerly an admirable encrease. In a word, for Corne and Cattle, Waters and Woods, of profit and pleasure, it gives place unto none. Rare first edition (see below) in very good condition, small point of weakness at Blubery, only visible when held up to the light; printer's crease bottom margin entering map, virtually invisible archival tape at extreme top of centrefold on verso and 6 cms at bottom and, unaccountably, at top margin tips. Stunning map in very good condition. Unfortunately, there are no surviving records of how many examples of the First Edition (or indeed of any edition) were printed. One might speculate that the First Edition could have numbered between about five hundred and one thousand examples. It should be remembered that market for maps was not well developed in England in 1612. This, together with the cost of the atlas, the need for a second edition soon afterwards, and the high quality of impressions from the third, Latin text, edition of 1616, suggests that the first print-run may have been closer to five hundred copies or so. Unfortunately, until an attempt is made at a census of surviving examples, these figures can be regarded as only the roughest of estimates. Ashley Baynton-Williams see http://www.mapforum.com/02/speed.htm