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  AMERICA 
 West Indies 

SPEED, John. [The so-called 'miniature Speed' map of Barbados]
Barbados London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. 185 x 130mm.
A charming antique map of Barbados, first published nearly half-a-century after Speed's death. In 1676 Bassett and Chiswell added new maps to both the folio and octavo versions of the 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', including this map of Barbados. TIBBETTS: 91.
[Ref: 13617]    £250.00 ($325 • €288 rates)


  ASIA 
 Tartary 

SPEED, John. [The famous English carte à figures map of Tartary]
A Newe Mape of Tartary... London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 395 x 515mm, with wide margins.
A highly decorative map of the Russian Empire, finely engraved by Dirck Gryp for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', with eight costume vignettes down the sides and four city prospects, including Astrakan & Samarkand, along the top. On the map the Caspian Sea is still wider than it is tall; the Straits on Anian appear with no sign of Kamchatka; and Korea is an island.
[Ref: 16982]    £2,200.00 ($2,860 • €2,530 rates)


 Persia 

SPEED, John. [17th Century English carte à figure map of Persia]
The Kingdome of Persia with the cheef Citties and Habites described. London: George Humble, 1627. 390 x 510mm. A fine, dark impression.
A 17th century map of Persia, published in John Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. It is decorated with four city prospects (Isfahan, Ormus, Tabriz & Gilan) along the top and with eight costume vignettes down the sides. The Caspian Sea still has not been mapped properly: it is shown wider than it is tall.
[Ref: 16810]    £1,850.00 ($2,405 • €2,128 rates)


SPEED, John. [17th century English carte à figure map of Persia]
The Kingdome of Persia with the cheef Citties and Habites described. London: Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm.
A very decorative map of Persia, published in John Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. It is decorated with four city prospects (Isfahan, Ormus, Tabriz & Gilan) along the top and with eight costume vignettes down the sides. The Caspian Sea still has not been mapped properly: it is shown wider than it is tall.
[Ref: 16745]    £2,000.00 ($2,600 • €2,300 rates)


 Near East 

SPEED, John. [John Speed's map of the Turkish Empire]
The Turkish Empire. London: Bassett & Chiswel, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm. A few repairs, centre fold reinforced on verso.
Speed's map of the Turkish Empire, with ten costume vignettes down the sides and eight city prospects, including Constantinople, Jerusalem and Alexandria, along the top. On the verso a description of the Turkish Empire and the religious habits of its people. It was published in Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first atlas of the world to be published in England, so illustrating the Ottoman Empire for the first time. A classic collector's item TIBBETTS: 77.
[Ref: 17464]    £2,900.00 ($3,770 • €3,335 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 

SPEED, John. [The Rare First Edition of Speed's map of the British Isles in contemporary colour]
The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1611-12. Contemporary colour. 385 x 510mm. Minor repairs to weaknesses caused by the orginal colour.
The British Isles, engraved by Jodocus Hondius for Speed's 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain'. Speed has compiled the map from various sources: Saxton for England & Wales, Hondius's map of 1591 for Ireland & Mercator for Scotland. The two views show London c.1600, with St Pauls and the Tower on the north bank and the Globe and the Bear-baiting ring on the South; and Edinburgh, showing the city under siege c.1544. Contemprary colour on Speed's maps is very unusual. SHIRLEY: 316, catchword 'wee'.
[Ref: 17281]    £5,000.00 ($6,500 • €5,750 rates)


 England 

SPEED, John. [Speed's map of the Invasions of England]
The Invasions of England & Ireland with al their Civill Wars Since the Conquest. London: Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 385 x 510mm.
A fascinating map of England, Wales and Ireland, showing the sites of battles 1066 - 1588, each with a little vignette scene. Of particular interest is the route of the Spanish Armada of 1588, from their entrance into the Channel, their crescent formation, their dispersal by the fireships and the trail of wrecks around the northern coasts. On the reverse is a companion text. First issued in 1627, this map was engraved by Cornelius Danckerts from a prototype published by Speed c.1601 (of which Shirley notes only three known copies). It retains an obsolete form of the Isle of Man discarded by Speed in his map of 1611. It also holds a unique position in Speed's atlases, only appearing in volumes with the 'Theatre' and 'Prospect' combined: bound between the two were this map and four pages of accompanying text. SHIRLEY: 397 (see 239 for the prototype).
[Ref: 17066]    £2,600.00 ($3,380 • €2,990 rates)


 English Counties 

SPEED, John. [The First Edition of Speed's map of Lincolnshire]
The Countie and Citie of Lyncolne Described with the Armes of Them That Have Bene Earles Thereof since the Conquest. London: Sudbury & Humble, 1612. Coloured. 385 x 505mm. Very fine impression, printed on heavy paper.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with a town plan of Lincoln, a strapwork title cartouche with a royal crest and a compass rose, a scale cartouche with compass and putti, armorials and a stylised battle. Published in the first edition of Speed's county atlas, the 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain' it has an English text history of the county on the reverse.
[Ref: 15702]    £1,200.00 ($1,560 • €1,380 rates)


SPEED, John. [An early edition of Speed's map of Cambridgeshire]
Cambridgshire described with the division of the hundreds, the townes situation with the Armes of the Colleges of that famous Universiti. London: Sudbury & Humble, 1614-16. Coloured. 380 x 520mm, on thick paper. Minor repair in bottom margin.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with two columns of college arms, a plan of the city of Cambridge and the figures of four scholars. This example was published in the second edition of John Speed's county atlas, the 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain', with an English-text history of the county on the reverse. The edition was planned for 1614 (the date on the titlepage of the English section), but the death of the printer William Hall delayed the publication until 1616.
[Ref: 17411]    £2,000.00 ($2,600 • €2,300 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Worcestershire]
Worcestershire described... London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 380 x 510mm.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset town plan of Worcester, armorials, and a vignette battle scene. On verso is a Latin text history of the county. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11630]    £1,100.00 ($1,430 • €1,265 rates)


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