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Publisher: SPEED, John / Henry Overton.
Title: Wight Island.
Published in: London, ca 1715
Size: 16.1 x 20.9 inches.
40.8 x 53.0 cm.

Condition: Centerfold has been flattened out, some paper thinness, a few odd stains, some minor discolouration to margins where map was once matted.
Decent margins, late impression.

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A lovely Speed / Overton map of the Isle of Wight, featuring sea monsters, galleons, four noble coats of arms, and a pair of delightful town plans of Newport and Southampton.

John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of his or any period, as a direct result of his atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all English county maps.
The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up-to-date sources then available. However, Speed also made a number of innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, including county boundaries on almost all maps, and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms (making them commercially attractive). The overall effect is to produce very decorative, detailed and informative maps.

Henry Overton (fl 1710-43) was a late publisher of Speed's earlier maps, with his imprint over those who had come before him.

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