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Creator:
Speed, John, 1552?-1629
Title(s):

A prospect of the most famous parts of the world ... : together with all the prouinces, counties and shires, contained in that large theater of Great Brittaines Empire / performed by Iohn Speed.

Additional Title(s):

Prospect of the most famovs parts of the vvorld

Published/Created:
London : Printed by Iohn Dawson for George Humble, and are to be sold at his shop in Popes-head Pallace, 1627.
Physical Description:
1 atlas ([2], 44, 5-8 pages) : illustrations, 22 maps ; 43 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2023 26 Copy 1
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2023 26 Copy 2
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Classification:
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scale:
Scales differ.
Notes:
Relief shown pictorially.
Though credited to Speed on the title page, the maps are derived from Dutch examples of the period.
The maps are engraved by Abraham Goos, Evert van Hamersveldt Symons, and Dirck Gryp.
All 22 maps are folded and bound at the inner margin. Letterpress text is printed on leaf sides opposite the engraved maps, except preliminary pages [1]-[2] and pages 43-44, 7-8.
Skelton, in his introduction to the 1966 facsimile edition, suggests that the Prospect was probably issued separately and together with: Speed, John. The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine. London : George Humble, 1627.
English short title catalogue, S95303
Hind, A.M. Engraving in England in the sixteenth & seventeenth centuries, volume 2, page 71
List of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, 5928
Speed, J. Prospect of the most famous parts of the world : with an introduction by R.A. Skelton (1966 facsimile edition)
Also includes A new and accurat map of the world, 1626, not listed on the title page.
BAC Folio A 2023 26 Copy 1: Bound in later red morocco. Hand colored. Not accompanied by The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine.
BAC Folio A 2023 26 Copy 2: Bound in full calf; rebacked. Uncolored. Has bound with it: Speed, John. The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine. London : George Humble, 1627.
Subject Terms:
Geography.
Form/Genre:
Atlases.
Engravings.
Hand coloring.
Contributors:
Goos, Abraham, engraver.
Gryp, Dirck, engraver.
Symons, Evert van Hamersveldt, engraver.
Humble, George, -1640, publisher.
Dawson, John, -1634? printer.
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  • Contents (from title page): Asia
  • Affricae
  • Europe
  • America
  • Grecia
  • Roman Empire
  • Germanie
  • Bohemia
  • France
  • Belgia
  • Spaine
  • Italie
  • Hungarie
  • Denmarke
  • Poland
  • Persia
  • Turkish Empire
  • Kingdo. of China
  • Tartaria
  • Sommer Ilands
  • Ciuill warrs, in England, Wales, and Ireland.

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