Suffolke (Suffolk)

Suffolke (Suffolk)

Code: 53304

£575.00 Approx $731.55, €642.46

Author: Speed, John

Publisher: George Humble

Date published: 1627

Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Inset plan of Ipswiche ( The inset town plan of Ipswich, surveyed by Speed himself, is the earliest known of Ipswich)within a highly decorative strapwork cartouche with two figures (Boadacia and Pet. Cerealis) ; royal coat of arms top left and each side is decorated with five heraldic shields. Two putti bottom left and right: one holding the compass rose and one measuring the scale of miles. A large sailing ship sails off Orford Haven. English text on verso: Speed deemed Suffolk a county: Most plenteous and pleasant for habitation and Ipswich itself:blessed with commerce and buildings, she might worthily have borne the title of a city. In all he says that : in a word (ther is) nothing wanting for pleasure or profit. Little browning to margins and two remnants of tape on top and bottom centrefold on verso from old framing and virtually invible old strengthening extreme bottom centrefold otherwise very good condition. This is a highly decorative map in lovely 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