A highly decorative carte à figures of Poland from John Speed's Prospect of the most famous parts of the world, the first World Atlas published by an Englishman. With side panels depicting costumes of Polish men and women and coat of arms of Poland and Silesia to the left and right. Six city views along the top border showing Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan, Krosno, Sandomierz and Wroclaw, centred by a portrait. One of the most decorative and sought after maps of Poland. English text on verso provides a 17th Century description of Poland. From the early 1627 edition of George Humble.
Minor defects in margin backed, not affecting the image. Excellent, in beautiful colours.
John Speed was born 1552 at Farndon in Cheshire. First followed his father trade as a tailor until the age of fifty. His real profession was from early age map making an historian as an amateur, and he focused on this with the help of Sir Fulke Greville. As source for his maps, Speed used material from Saxton and Norden, but he also considered up-to-date material especially for the inset town plans on his maps. The maps have been engraved by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam and shipped back to London for printing. The first edition of his Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain came to sale 1610-11 and was re-issued until 1770. In 1627 he published A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, the first World Atlas produced by an Englishman. Re-issues have been published until 1676.
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John Speed: A Newe Mape of Poland Done into English by I. Speede.
Coloured map of Poland. Printed in London by George Humble in 1626.
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