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[Speed's famous map of the Saxon Heptarchy]

image of Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy.


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SPEED, John.
Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy. London: William Humble, 1646. Coloured. 385 x 505mm. Minor repairs to margins.
The most decorative 17th century map of the British Isles, engraved by Jodocus Hondius for Speed's 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain'. First published in 1611, this comes from the 1646 edition, with the misprint 'Heptarcie' in the letterpress title on the reverse. England is shown divided into the seven Saxon kingdoms, with the kingdoms of the Scots, Picts and Welsh also marked. Flanking the map are two columns of vignettes: on the left are portraits of the first king of each realm; on the right are illustrations of the conversions of their successors to Christianity, persuaded by discussion, preaching, visions and violence. Speed's map was so striking that it was copied by both Blaeu and Jansson for their atlases of the British Isles. SHIRLEY: 587.
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