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John Speed:  The Kingdome of Scotland

Maps of Scotland

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Title: The Kingdome of Scotland

Map Maker: John Speed

Place / Date: London / 1676

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 20 x 15 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $3,400.00

Inventory ID: 42389


Nice example of the later edition of Speed's map of Scotland, which includes the revised vignettes showing the Highlands people.

One of the most famous maps of Scotland, with an inset of the Orkneys. First issued 1611-12, the plate originally had portraits of James VI of Scotland and I of England, his wife Anne and their two sons. However in 1652 the Puritan ascendancy made it necessary to re-engrave the plate, removing the Royal family, to be replaced by costume vignettes of a Scotch (i.e. lowland) man & woman and their wilder Highland neighbors. The checked garments worn by the second pair are considered to be one of the earliest depictions of tartan.

One of the earliest maps of Scotland published in the British Isles. Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, the map is a true work of art, combining great detail with artistic flourishes, including a compass rose, cherubs, ships, sea monsters, the Royal coats of arms. 

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