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Speed’s famous map of the Saxon Heptarchy

Stock No. 23788 Category: Tags: , , , Cartographer: SPEED, John.

Britain As It Was Devided in the tyme of the Englishe Saxons especially during their Heptarchy.
London: Roger Rea & Son, 1665. Coloured. 385 x 505mm.

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A fine example of the most famous printed map of the British Isles, engraved by Jodocus Hondius and first published in Speed's 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain' in 1611. 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 can be seen the first king of each Saxon region; on the right the conversions of their successors to Christianity, persuaded by discussion, preaching, visions and violence. The English text on verso gives an outline of the history.
Speed's map was influential, copied by both Blaeu and Jansson for their atlases of the British Isles.
This example comes from the Roger Rea issue, which was beset with disaster: according to an advert for the 1676 Bassett & Chiswell edition, ''the greatest part of an Impression, then newly Printed, [was] destroyed by the late dreadful Fire, 1666". Surviving examples of any Rea map are thus rare.

Additional information

Dimensions 505 × 385 mm
Cartographer

Date

1665

Extra Info

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

Publication

London: Roger Rea & Son, 1665. Coloured. 385 x 505mm.

Condition

A good example.

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