Lot 540 of 576:
Speed carte-a-figures map of Europe 1627  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$1,560
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
Europ, and the cheife Cities contained therin, described; with the habits of most Kingdoms now in use
Author:
Speed, John
Place:
London
Publisher:
George Humble
Date:
1627
Description:

Copper-engraved map, hand-colored, with engravings of 5 men and 5 women on the sides, and 8 views of cities at the top. 39.5x52 cm (15½x20½").

Splendid carte-a-figures map of Europe, surrounded with vignettes on three sides. The upper border has eight bird's-eye city views, of London, Paris, Rome, Constantinople, Venice, Prague, Amsterdam and Lisbon. The side borders contain the costumes of the noblemen and women of ten European nations. The map shows all of Europe, the northern coast of Africa, and the well-detailed but fictitious island of Frisland just off the coast of Iceland; the seas are alive with sea monsters and ships. Engraved by Abraham Goos. The impression is rich, the coloring bright. English text on verso.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Old mounting tape on verso around the edges, verso tape repair along centerfold, bottom margin extended; the map image in very nice condition.
 
Item number:
271950
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