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SPEED, John. - The Bishoprick and Citie of Durham.

SPEED, John. - The Bishoprick and Citie of Durham.
The Bishoprick and Citie of Durham. - SPEED, John.
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Title : The Bishoprick and Citie of Durham..
Map maker : SPEED, John..
Date : London, ca 1610.
Size : 15.0 x 19.9 inches. / 38.0 x 50.5 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :A lovely, early (first?) edition of John Speed's county map of the Bishoprick of Durham. It was published in the Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain. Of all the English county maps ever produced, John Speed's remain the most sought after and desired, in part because of their depictions of archeological relics, excellent explanatory notes, delightful vignettes of significant battles, or scenes of historic interest, the very earliest town plans of English cities, local heraldry, but mostly for their overall aesthetic beauty.

This map shows a detailed plan of the city of Durham, with explanatory box below, a vignette and description of the Battle of Nevill's Cross between England and Scotland in 1346, a decorative compass rose, the Royal Coat of Arms, and a banner title. In the North Sea there are sea monsters, and a sailing ship.
There is also a good deal of topographical detail within the map.
A list of county place names, and descriptive text on verso.

Condition : In good general condition. Some soiling and age toning, small split (3 cm) to lower centerfold, a 'ragged' top margin. Good dark impression, good margins. English text to verso.
Staining and discolouration to verso.

ID: 41705

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