English text on verso of the map, much of the content being taken from Camden's Britannia. Published by John Sudbury and George Humble. Printed by William Hall and John Beale. Copperplate engraving on watermarked, wove paper with later hand colouring.Later, Hogarth style print frame, has been glazed on both sides to display text verso. Plate size 38.8cm x 51.5cm; sheet size 40cm x 52.5cm; frame size 43.2cm x 55.5cm. Condition: Light surface dirt across the sheet, central fold (as issued) has been reinforced verso with tape, an old soft crease top right corner, sheet trimmed to within 3mm of the plate line on the left margin. Frame with some slight nicks and scratches. Flanking the centrally placed map is a plan of the city of Nottingham, a symbolic cartouche, and samples of relevant history and heraldry. This finely engraved, copperplate, detailed map, is one of the most sought after of the county and was produced by John Speed, historian, genealogist and cartographer for publication in his... Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain... The first atlas of the British Isles. The copperplate, engraved in the workshop of Amsterdam master map engraver, Jodocus Hondius, was first printed in atlas form in 1612 and remained in use, with amendments and alterations to publishers' imprints until late into the following century. Later printings, from an old and worn plate, are notably inferior whereas this example shows the engraving at its freshest on good quality paper. Speed's county maps were, and remain, amongst the most popular and sought-after on account of their vignettes often showing historical events, archaeological relics, portraits and explanatory notations. Most have the arms of local dignitaries and town plans, in many cases the first of those locations, and surveyed by Speed himself. Speed had prepared the maps, for engraving, before about 1610, and they first appeared in atlas form two years later. In 1616 a Latin text edition appeared, intended for a learned European market. Please note, this map will be delivered with the frame as shown, but without the glass to protect it in transit. The item "Countie of Nottingham. 1612 John Speed Original 17th Century Copperplate Map" is in sale since Monday, May 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps".sayer" and is located in Leyburn.
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