Antique hand colored map of Merionethshire, Wales, published by John Speed. This map is from one of the earlier editions of Speed's renowned "Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain". Speed's county maps were, and remain, amongst the most popular and sought-after because of the decorative and informative content. Most have the arms of local dignitaries and town plans, in many cases the first of those locations and surveyed by Speed himself. For this atlas, Speed had prepared the maps for engraving before 1610, and they appeared in the first atlas two years later. Inset map of Harlech. Also features a decorative cartouche, decorative distance scale, and a decorative compass rose. "Performed by John Speed and are to be sold in Popes head alley against the exchange by George Humbell." This map is framed and can be sold unframed by request. The map appears to be in good to very good condition with some toning, minor spots, slight seam separation at top and bottom, and slight darkening at glue strip. Total dimensions including the frame: approx. 17.5 x 22.5 inches.
Antique Hand Colored Map
Maker: John Speed
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