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SPEED, John. Engraved by HONDIUS, Jodocus.

ESSEX, devided into Hundreds, with the most antient and fayre Towne COLCHESTER Described and other memorable MONUMENTS observed

Essex.

Published: The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain. T Bassett & R Chiswell. 1676.

Stock code: 53205

Price: £1,400

Sale Price: £840

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Speed drew on the work of John Norden for his map of Essex. His inset plan of Colchester ‘reveals a town of some prosperity with its castle, churches, dwellings and former religious houses, somewhat uncomfortably straddling a circle of walls of Roman origin’. (Nigel Nicolson: A Tudor Atlas by John Speed.) Above, there are three coins bearing the heads of the Emperor Constantine and his parents Constantius and Helena. Coats of arms of the Earles of Essex decorate the left hand side.

Copper engraving. Later colour. Fine condition, good margins. Size: 51 x 39 cm. (20 x 15 inches). Mounted size 73 x 61cm.

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