Beautiful coloured 'carte-à-figure' of the Turkish Empire by John Speed. One of the most decorative maps of Ottoman Empire issued in the 17th Century. The first map of the region published in England, decorated with 8 Turkish town plan and 10 costumed figures and a large cartouche.
A excellent copy 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: The Turkish Empire. Newly Augmented by Iohn Speed. 1626.
Coloured map of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish. Printed in London by George Humble in 1627.
Turkey - Speed, John - The Turkish Empire. Newly Augmented by...