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1610. The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland

  • The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland

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Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 12495x9466 px
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 36.9939MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 London
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The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland

Highly decorative map of the British Isles, first published by John Speed in 1611.

Speed based his map upon Saxton's map of England and Wales, Hondius' map of Ireland and Mercator's map of Scotland.

Speed's map is considered the most decorative map of the British Isles to appear in a commercial atlas in the 17th Century. Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, the map is a true work of art, combining great detail with artistic flourishes, including a compass rose, cherubs, ships, sea monsters, the Royal coats of arms, ancient coins showing Britannia and Cunobelin - the latter known to Shakespeare as Cymbeline. Two views show London c.1600, with St Paul's and the Tower on the north bank and the Globe and the Bear-baiting ring in the south; and Edinburgh, showing the city under siege c.1544.

The sea is engraved in the style made famous by Hondius and is best appreciated in the early states, before the effect is lost, as delicate engraving of this type soon wore smooth. No river bridges are shown except those crossing the Thames.

The map was re-issued many times in Speed's atlases and as a separate publication. English text on verso.

Shirley 316.

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Size:
12495x9466 px
Disk:
36.9939MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
London
Author:
John Speed.
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