Darbieshire described (Derbyshire) by John Speed

Darbieshire described (Derbyshire) by John Speed

Code: 55312

£650.00 Approx $824.87, €760.23
 
Date: 1627
 
Copper engraving  (by Jodocus Hondius) with later hand colouring. Overall size : 54cms.x 41cms. Image size : 510mm.x 380mm. Inset plan of Derby and view of Buxton castle, royal coat of arms and four coats of arms. Scales of distance and compass rose in elaborate cartouche. English text to verso. Centre fold as issued. 3 virtually invisible archival extreme margin edge repairs and repairs to two bottom corners, now virtually invisible; slight old tape stain top of centrefold and on extreme tips of top corners on verso only else very good condition indeed.   


Chubb XXV

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 Speed’s maps are unique historical documents of their time and the town plans featured on the maps are in most cases the first information we have of their early apppearance.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.