A rare, early printing of John Speed's renowned #map of #Scotland. The map is decorated with #portraits of the recently installed #King James I, his wife Anne of Denmark, Henry #Prince of Wales and Ireland, and Charles #Duke of York and Albany. An inset of the "Yles Of Orkney" occupies the top right corner while the sea is shown in a shaded "moire" pattern with #ships and #monsters in vignettes. This finely engraved and detailed map is most sought after and was produced by John #Speed, #historian, #genealogist and #cartographer for publication in his "... Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain ..." – the first atlas of the British Isles. Most often seen with English, or Latin, text printed on the reverse, this is a rare example from the atlas's first edition. The copperplate, engraved in the workshop of Amsterdam master map #engraver, Jodocus Hondius, was first printed in atlas form in 1612 and remained in use, with amendments and alterations to publishers' imprints until late into the following century. Later printings, from an old and worn plate, are notably inferior whereas this example shows the engraving at its freshest on good quality #paper.
place and date of publication: London 1612
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches). ref: 41654
Price: £ 3750