'BEDFORD SHIRE AND THE SITUATION OF BEDFORD described' By John Speed c.1676
Full title: 'BEDFORD SHIRE AND THE SITUATION OF BEDFORD described with the armes of thos Honorable Familyes that have born ye titles of Dukes and Earls thereof.' (London: Bassett & Chiswell, 1676)
A highly decorative 17th century map of Bedfordshire by the renowned John Speed. The inset plan of Bedford, surveyed by Speed himself, is the earliest known of this town. On the reverse of the map there is a complete set of text briefly describing the history and topography of the county.
John Speed (1552 - 1629) is aprobably the most well known of all British map makers which is somewhat of an irony when he was, by profession, a Tailor. His county atlas, 'The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine' (first published 1611/12), is considered by many to be the most decorative of its type with its ornate borders and strapwork, heraldic shields and 'bird's eye view' town plans. Speed's maps were popular in his day and have remained so with modern day collectors.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 51.3cms by 38.5cms.
- The map is in good condition. The left and right margins are close, as originally issued. There is also an overall light age toning to the map. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 300 years old.