Montgomery Shire (Montgomeryshire) by John Speed

Montgomery Shire (Montgomeryshire) by John Speed

Code: 56176

£275.00 Approx $348.1, €320.89

Date: 1627

English text on verso...’to be solde in Popes-head Alley against the Exchang by John Sudbury and  George Humble’.   Copper engraving with later but not recent hand colouring.  English text on verso.  Overall sheet size: 53.7cms x 42.2cms; image size: 508mm x 383mm.  English text on verso describing the history and geography of the county.  ‘ a puissant and couragious Nation whose hearts and hills held them the longest free from the yoke of subjection , either of the Romans or English’.
Browning and some foxing to margins; slight and very pleasant overall toning to map, some light foxing to top right blank and top right margin.  Skilful, small old repair to left bottom of town plan of Montgomery .  Scale of pases is believed to indicate that Speed himself surveyed the town.  Watermarked paper.  Early impression in good condition with good margins.    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 Speed’s maps are unique historical documents of their time and the town plans featured on the maps are in most cases the first information we have of their early apppearance.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.