SPEED (JOHN) Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae [The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine], 4 parts in one vol., John Sudbury and George Humble, 1616 [with label "Anno Cum Privilego  1621" pasted over date on title]
Lot 133
SPEED (JOHN)
Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae [The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine], 4 parts in one vol., John Sudbury and George Humble, 1616 [with label "Anno Cum Privilego 1621" pasted over date on title]
Sold for £ 12,500 (US$ 17,234) inc. premium

Lot Details
SPEED (JOHN)
Theatrum Imperii Magnae Britanniae [The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine], 4 parts in one vol., text in Latin (translated by Philemon Holland), engraved title within architectural border, full-page engraved arms of James I, 63 double-page engraved maps (of 67, lacking Dorset, Lincoln, Suffolk, and Warwick) of the counties of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, mostly by Jodocus Hondius, lacks final 6 leaves of text, plates mounted on stubs, title and dedication with small loss of image to one corner, 4 maps with very small loss to rule border of one or 2 corners, a few small marginal repairs, modern cloth retaining the early vellum upper cover [ESTC S107575; Chubb XXIVa], folio (425 x 280mm.), John Sudbury and George Humble, 1616 [with label "Anno Cum Privilego 1621" pasted over date on title]

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  • "This Latin edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland is extremely rare" (Chubb).
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