Author: Speed, John
Publisher: John Sudbury and George Humble.
Date published: 1676Long title: Surrey Described and Divided into Hundreds. Engraved by Jodocus Hondius. Copper engraving with attractive later but not recent hand colouring. Overall size : 54.3cms x 42.2cms. Image size : 517mm x 383mm. Compass rose with adjacent scale of miles, title in cartouche. English text to verso. Embellished with elevations of the Tudor royal palaces at Richmond and Nonsuch top right and left. Centre fold as published. Overall toning ; two holes to margins; chipped printing plate resulted in the top left corner missing (C17th flaw); old re-inforcement of 5.5 cms bottom centrefold on verso; two small holes in map area, only really noticeable if held up to the light or(one is the top of the clock at Nonsuch, the other in the scroll title of Richmond; again when held up to the light there are two faint cracks around the two 'Rs' in the Surrey title and hairline crack in the border above else good condition and much nicer than this sounds. 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
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