Breknoke (Breconshire) by John Speed

Breknoke (Breconshire) by John Speed

Code: 53305

£350.00 Approx $451.03, €386.74

Author: John Speed

Publisher: Roger Rea

Date published: 1662

Roger Rea edition. Long title:Breknoke (Breconshire)Both Shyre and Towne described Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size : 54cms x 40.6cms. Image size : 507mm x 381mm. Title in cartouche, coat of arms above. Scale of distance. Inset plan of Brecon. Prince of Wales feathers and royal l ions in two cartouches English text on verso detailing historical and geographical features including: a County neither very large, nor greatly to be praised or disliked of.......Hay upon Wye and Dulas, pleasant for situation, in the rebellion of Owen Glendowerdwy, was diswalled, depopulated and burnt,, in whose foundations for new repairs, many Roman coins have been found and thereby thought to be a seat of their Legion: etc. Backstrip on verso browned, odd foxspot in margins; nicks at top margin and one edge split extreme bottom margin; little show through in blank areas else good 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