SPEED (JOHN) Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae, 4 parts in one vol., WITH FINE IMPRESSIONS OF THE MAPS, John Sudbury and George Humble, 1616
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SPEED (JOHN)
Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae, 4 parts in one vol., John Sudbury and George Humble, 1616
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 64,200) inc. premium
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SPEED (JOHN)
Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae, 4 parts in one vol., text in Latin, engraved title within wide architectural border, full-page engraved arms of James I, 67 double-page engraved maps of the counties of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, mostly by Jodocus Hondius, FINE DARK IMPRESSIONS, all mounted on stubs, fore-margin of title trimmed within platemark (not touching printed area), 7 maps with short tears, 'Kingdom of Great Britain' with small piece missing affecting border, a few early ink textual corrections and underlinings, oxidation resulting in a few very small holes to maps of Leicestershire and North Riding, full russia gilt by James Toovey, spine tooled in gilt with raised bands and morocco lettering label ("Speed's Maps 1616"), g.e., a few abrasions to upper cover [STC 23044; Chubb XXIVa], folio (420 x 280mm.), John Sudbury and George Humble, 1616

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  • A FINE COPY OF THIS SCARCE EDITION. "This Latin edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland is extremely rare" (Chubb).

    Provenance: From the Library of Robert P. Roupell Esq., Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, July 25-29, 1870, pencil note on front free endpaper; Henry Cunliffe (1826-1894), bookplate; and thence by descent.
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