SPEED (JOHN) The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676

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Lot 67
SPEED (JOHN)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676

Sold for £ 35,000 (US$ 44,624) inc. premium
SPEED (JOHN)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., title printed in red and black, additional engraved pictorial title by R. White, engraved "Achievement of our Soveraigne King Charles The IId" leaf, 96 double-page engraved maps, 5 double-page letterpress distance tables, all on stubs, a number of maps with repairs at margins or centre-fold (approximately 12 with some silking, Oxford and Canaan full-length of fold), title silked on verso, small burn-hole to Lancashire, tear into image of Berkshire and Roman Empire, 4 trimmed touching one rule border, small engraved illustration pasted onto border of 2 maps and one leaf of text, later reverse calf, rebacked preserving original spine, gilt morocco lettering label [Chubb XXVII; ESTC R13825; Skelton, County Atlases 92; Phillips 488], folio (420 x 280mm.), Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676

Footnotes

  • "The 1676 edition of John Speed's famous atlas marked the high point of its publishing history" (Burden).

    In this edition, The Prospect has seven maps which appear for the first time, including three of North America (New England and New York; Virginia and Maryland; Carolina, Burden 456-457).

    Provenance: Misses Harris Lee, inscription on blank recto of frontispiece "Achievement" leaf; English private collection.
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SPEED (JOHN) The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676
SPEED (JOHN) The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676
SPEED (JOHN) The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676
SPEED (JOHN) The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain, Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles Adjoynining..., Together with a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. 5 parts in 1 vol., Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, 1676
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