BEDFORDSHIRE by John Speed, originally printed 1611 From the 1627 edition published by George Humble(Humbel)Size: 51x39 (Centimetres).
Title: 'BEDFORD SHIRE and the situation of BEDFORD described.' Fine 17th century, copper plate engraved map, printed on handmade paper, with good hand colouring. Latin text en verso and fold as per issue. Also includes a very early town plan of 'Bedford', plus various other pictorials etc. Speed, a tailor’s son from Cheshire, conceived the Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain as a supplementary volume to his monumental History of Great Britain published in 1611. Finally published as a complete work in 1612, the atlas was the culmination of several years work during which pre-existing maps by Saxton and Norden were updated, information was gathered and collated, and new surveys were completed before the plates were engraved, mainly by Jodocus Hondius of Amsterdam. Many of the maps bear earlier dates and would have been available for sale as loose sheets prior to the completion of the atlas.
Text on the reverse describes that county, its industry and agriculture, its physical features and history. One Latin text edition was published in 1616, targeting the continental market, otherwise the several editions published before Speed’s death had English text.