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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

SPEED, John. [Speed's world map, the first atlas map to show California as an island]
A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne according to ye truest Descriptions, latest Discoveries & best obervations y.t have beene made by English or Strangers. 1651. London: Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 395 x 515mm. Lateral margins repaired, tips of bottom corners reinstated.
The double-hemisphere world map from Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world, first published in 1627. It was probably engraved by Abraham Goos, who signed most of the other maps in the atlas. It was the first atlas map to show California as an island, an idea Goos introduced to print with a map of North America in 1624. On the other side of the world this map also shows Korea as an island and depicts 'Beach', the mythical kingdom located on 'The Southerne Unknowne Land'. Around the rims of the double-hemispheres is an abundance of decoration, including celestial spheres in the cusps, allegorical figures of the Four Elements, portraits of circumnavigators and diagrams of eclipses. On verso is an interesting English-text 'Description of the World'. Although this is a desirable factor today, only being published in the English language limited the overseas sales potential, enhancing the rarity value. SHIRLEY: World, 317.
[Ref: 17813]    £12,500.00 ($16,125 • €13,725 rates)


  AMERICA 

SPEED, John. [Speed's important map of America]
America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde, both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged by J.S. 1626. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 405 x 525mm. Repaired tear entering printed border top left.
A landmark map of America, being the first atlas map to show California is an island. It was engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. Above California is the outline of another large, unnamed island; nothing is shown of the Great Lakes; and Raleigh's 'Parime Lacus' and 'Manoa' appear in South America. An inset shows Greenland, Iceland and the mythical island of Friesland. Originally published in 1627, the plate was altered in the 1660s to add English place names including Boston, 'Long Ile', 'Mary Land' and Carolina. Along the top of the map are prospects of eight cities, including Havana, Cartagena, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes of native Americans, including the kings of New England & Florida, a Virginian and Greenlander. BURDEN: North America, 217.
[Ref: 17815]    £6,500.00 ($8,385 • €7,137 rates)


 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 ($323 • €275 rates)


  ASIA 

SPEED, John. [Speed's map of Asia]
Asia with the Islands Adioyning described, the atire of the people & Townes of importance, all of them newly augmented by J:S: Ano. Dom: 1626. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm.
The first map of Asia by an Englishman (although Speed still had to turn to a Dutch engraver, Abraham Goos, to produce it), published in the 'Prospect of the... World', first published 1627. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes, and eight city prospects, including Jerusalem, Goa and Macao, run along the top of the map. On verso is an English text, 'The Description of Asia', containing a mixture of fact and amusing myth.
[Ref: 17816]    £4,000.00 ($5,160 • €4,392 rates)


 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 Astrakhan & Samarkand, along the top. On the map the Caspian Sea is still wider than it is tall; the Straits of Anian appear with no sign of Kamchatka; and Korea is an island.
[Ref: 16982]    £2,200.00 ($2,838 • €2,416 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 ($2,387 • €2,031 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 ($2,580 • €2,196 rates)


  AFRICA 

SPEED, John. [The first English map of the continent of Africa]
Africæ, described, the manners of their habits, and buildinge: newly done into English by J.S. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 405 x 525mm. Repairs in margins of bottom corners.
A landmark map of Africa, engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. Along the top of the map are prospects of eight cities, including Alexandria, Cairo, Tunis and Algiers. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes of African natives, including an Egyptian, Abyssinian Madagascan and a man from the Cape of Good Hope. BETZ: Africa, 62, state 3.
[Ref: 17814]    £4,000.00 ($5,160 • €4,392 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 original 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. Contemporary colour on Speed's maps is very unusual. SHIRLEY: 316, catchword 'wee'.
[Ref: 17281]    £5,000.00 ($6,450 • €5,490 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 ($3,354 • €2,855 rates)


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