Devonshire with Excester Described Rare edition by John Speed

Devonshire with Excester Described Rare edition by John Speed

Code: 53392

£780.00 Approx $954.71, €861.88
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Author: John Speed

Date published: 1646

Copper engraving, later hand colouring. Overall size : 53.9cms.x 41.6cms. Image size : 507 x 378mms. Decorative cartouche containing county name. Large town plan of Exeter bottom right with key above; eight coats of arms left surmounted with the royal coat of arms. Verso blank. Roads have been added. See Hudson no 138. Very 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