|The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine: presenting an exact geography of the Kingdomes of England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Iles adioyning. WITH A Prospect of the most famous parts of the World|
The Earliest Atlas of the British Isles and the Earliest World Atlas by an Englishman. FIRST EDITION of "The Theatre"; (1611) bound with the second edition (1631) of the "Prospect".
The "Theatre" is complete with engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved architectural title, engraved Royal Achievements by Jodocus Hondius dated 1611, letterpress list of kingdoms and woodcut royal arms, three letterpress section titles with woodcut borders, three woodcut royal arms, 67 double-page engraved maps, most by Jodocus Hondius, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, mounted on guards throughout; the "Prospect" complete with printed title with list of maps and 22 engraved double-page maps.
"The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine... was the earliest English attempt at producing an atlas on a grand scale, with the first detailed maps of the provinces of Ireland, the first set of county maps consistently attempting to show the boundaries of territorial divisions, and the first truly comprehensive set of English town plans - a notable contribution to British topography. Perhaps as many as fifty of the seventy-three towns had not previously been mapped, and about fifty-one of the plans were probably Speed's own work... A balance is struck between the modern and historical, with information placed on the edges of the maps about antiquarian remains, and sites and vignettes of famous battles, together with arms of princes and nobles. This additional information is one of the Theatre's most significant contributions" (Dictionary of National Biography).
The "Prospect" was intended as a supplement to the "Theatre" and includes 22 maps of different parts of the world, including the famous world map, presumably by Abraham Goos, and the map of America, both showing California as an island.
|Location of Origin: England|
|Medium/Materials: 19th-century full calf with elaborately gilt-decorated spine|
|Dimensions: Folio (414x287mm)|
|Primary Classification: Antique Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Other Books for Sale|
|Secondary Classification: Antique Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Literature|
|Tertiary Classification: Antique Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Maps, Views and Celestials|
|Joints repaired. Some offsetting (including on the world map), some marginal repaired closed tears, some maps closely cropped. Most maps, including the world map, with good, strong impressions.|
|Provenance: J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville Kentucky (bookplate). London: John Sudbury & George Humble; John Dawson for George Humble, 1611; 1631.|
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