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Speed, John, 1552?-1629
The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine : presenting an exact geography of the kingdomes of England, Scotland, Ireland, and the iles adioyning : with the shires, hundreds, cities and shire-townes, within [the] kingdome of England, divided and described / by Iohn Speed.
Imprinted at London : And are to be sold by George Humble at the Whit horse in Popes-head Alley, 1627.
Physical Description:
[16], 146, [10] pages, [134] leaves of plates : maps ; 45 cm (folio)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2023 26 Copy 2
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Copyright Status:
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Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scales differ.
Probably issued separately and together with: Speed, John. A prospect of the most famous parts of the world. London : George Humble, 1627. See Skelton's introduction to the 1966 facsimile edition of the Prospect.
First published in 1611. The text is mainly taken from: Camden, William. Britannia.
The maps were engraved by Jodocus Hondius, or under his direction. The woodcuts are by Christoph Schweitzer. See Skelton, description of the 1611 edition (entry no. 7).
"Anno cum privilegio 1627"--Title page.
Title page is engraved.
Books 2-4 each have separate letterpress title page, all naming John Dawson as printer, and dated 1627.
Signatures: A-4G² H²(-H2).
Signatures E-4E have engraved maps printed on the inner pages of the fold, with letterpress text printed on the outer pages (aside from the preliminaries at the beginning of each book). Pages bearings maps are not included in the pagination.
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 23042
English short title catalogue, S520
Skelton, R.A. County atlases of the British Isles, 1579-1850, 16
BAC Folio A 2023 26 Copy 2: Bound with: Speed, John. A prospect of the most famous parts of the world. London : George Humble, 1627.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain -- Description and travel.
Great Britain -- Maps.
Ireland -- Description and travel.
Ireland -- Maps.
Humble, George, -1640, bookseller.
Dawson, John, -1634? printer.
Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612, engraver.
Schweitzer, Christoph, engraver.
Camden, William, 1551-1623. Britannia.

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