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Publisher: SPEED, John.
Title: The Bishoprick and Citie of Durham.
Published in: London, 1611
   
Size: 15.0 x 19.9 inches.
38.0 x 50.5 cm.
Coloring:

Coloured.
Condition: In lovely condition, lightly age toned, a few minor spots and marks etc. An old repair to lower centrefold (8cm).
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A beautiful first edition John Speed map of Co. Durham.Aesthetically, it is considered one of the most accomplished maps in the 'Theatre', noted for its clarity and features like the royal coat-of-arms, the superb compass rose, and the depiction and description of the Battle of Neville's Cross in AD 1346, between the Scots and the English.
The west of the county is filled with ancient forests, deer parks and scattered farmstead and hamlets. The division of the county between upland and lowland is apparent. The city of Durham sits majestically in the centre right of the county.
Speed lovingly provided an excellent city plan showing the city perched high above a the bend and loop of the river Wear. Its magnificent Cathedral and Castle are seen together with the surrounding countryside. A ship and sea monsters are found in the North Sea.

John Speed (1552-1629) is the most famous of all English cartographers primarily as a result of The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine, the first atlas of the British Isles. The maps from this atlas are the best known and most sought-after of all county maps. The maps were derived mainly from the earlier prototypes of Christopher Saxton and Robert Morden but with notable improvements including parish "Hundreds" and county boundaries, town plans and embellishments such as the coats of arms of local Earls, Dukes, and the Royal Household. The maps are famed for their borders consisting of local inhabitants in national costume and panoramic vignette views of major cities and towns. An added feature is that regular atlas copies have English text printed on the reverse, giving a charming description of life in the early seventeenth century of the region. The overall effect produced very decorative, attractive and informative maps.




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