Buckingham, Both Shyre and Shiretowne describ by John Speed

Buckingham, Both Shyre and Shiretowne describ by John Speed

Code: 53401

£475.00 Approx $595.24, €539.77
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Author: John Speed

Date published: 1611-27

Copper engraving, later hand colouring. Overall size : 53.4cms.x 42.2cms. Image size : 508mm.x 380mm. Inset plans of Reading and Buckingham. Scales of distance and compass rose at bottom centre with elaborate cartouches on either sidecoats of arms belonging to the titled families of Buckingham.Centre fold as issued. Blank back which is unusual Thomas Snodham who produced the 1616 atlas would sell the maps as broadsheets with text pasted around the edges of the map sheets – few of these have survived but this may have come from that stock. Two archival repairs on verso at bottom of centrefold and three small repairs on verso top margin and 2cms strengthening above unicorn, invisible except from back else strong, velvety impression, beautifully coloured of an unusual edition in 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