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SPEED, J. - Caermarden, Both Shyre And Towne Described.

SPEED, J. - Caermarden, Both Shyre And Towne Described.
Caermarden, Both Shyre And Towne Described. - SPEED, J.
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Title : Caermarden, Both Shyre And Towne Described..
Map maker : SPEED, J..
Date : London, 1610.
Size : 15.7 x 20.5 inches. / 40.0 x 52.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :

This is probably the most decorative map of Caermarden county. It has an inset plan of Caermarthen, two cartouches with armorials, wonderful compass rose and the Prince of Wales' feathers. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market.

John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period as a result of his atlas "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine" in which his maps of the individual counties appeared. The maps are perhaps the best known and amongst the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up-to-date sources available.

However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, vignette scenes of topographical, historical or archaeological interest and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps.


It was engraved by Jodocus Hondius.



Condition : Some marginal repairs but still in good condition. Issued with centerfold the map has now been flattened. Also several stubborn wrinkles have been flattened using Japan paper and old paper.


ID: 94475

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