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Speed, John, 1552?-1629
[Proof engravings for The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine]
Additional Title(s):
Theatre of the empire of Great Britaine
[Amsterdam?], [circa 1610?]
Physical Description:
1 atlas ([110 ] leaves) : 55 maps ; 43 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2023 67
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scales differ.
Relief shown pictorially.
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 23041
Skelton, R.A. County atlases of the British Isles, 1579-1850, 7
English short title catalogue, S117917
Includes a manuscript table of maps, written in a later hand, [1] leaf at front.
With armorial bookplate: Southwick.
Bound in contemporary vellum.
Has bound with it: A mapp of the north part from the equinoctial, with the auncient seates of the families mentioned in Genesis ([London] : [Gabriell Simson and William White], [ca. 1590]) -- Harrison, Stephen. The arch's of triumph erected in honor of the high and mighty prince, Iames, the first of that name, King, of England, and the sixt of Scotland (Imprinted at London : by Iohn Windet ... 1604) -- Visscher, Claes Jansz. [Portraits of James I and Queen Anne] ([Amsterdam]: [Claes Jansz. Visscher], [between 1602 and 1612]) -- A caueat for the borower, or, A perfect table of vsurie ([Cambridge] : Printed by Iohn Legat ...1602).
The present set of proof impressions includes 54 of the 67 maps included in John Speed's The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine, 1611 [1612], including the map of the British Isles and maps of 54 counties. In the present set, the map of Chester differs from that in the published Theatre. Here, the map is engraved by Williams Rogers and includes the arms and portrait of Queen Elizabeth.
No letterpress text is present. Speed's completed work was published in London, but the maps were engraved by Hondius in Amsterdam. Skelton (in the notes to entry 7) records three additional copies of proof impressions, each with varying numbers of maps.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612, engraver.
Rogers, William, active 1589-1604, engraver.

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