The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain: Presenting an Exact Geography of the Kingdom of England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isles Adjoyning: As Also the Shires, Hundreds, Cities and Shire-Towns Within the Kingdom of England and Principality of Wales; With a Chronology of the Civil-Wars in England, Wales and Ireland. Together With a Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, Viz. Asia, Africa, Europe, America. With These Empires and Kingdoms Therein Contained; Viz. Grecia, Roman-Empire, Germany, Bohemia, France, Belgia, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Poland, Persia, Turkish-Empire, Kingdom of China. Tartaria, Summer-Islands

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Perhaps the most famous and enduring atlas of Great Britain published in the 17th Century. The first English world atlas folio atlas, two works, comprising five parts, in one volume (425 by 280mm), incorporating 96 double-page engraved maps.

This was the last major updated edition of Speed's atlas. The work was first issued in 1612 as an English county atlas. The additions referred to include distance tables of five of the principal roads from London, in the Theatre, and maps of Virginia, New England, Jamaica, Barbados and Carolina in the Prospect.

In this new edition are added; in the theatre of Great-Britain, the principal roads, and their branches leading to the cities and chief towns in England and Wales; with their computed distances. In a new and accurate method. ... In the prospect of the world. The Empire of the Great Mogul, with the rest of the East-Indies. Palestine, ... Empire of Russia.

Second book: containing the principality of WalesBrief description of the civil wars, and battails fought in England, Wales, and Ireland

Third book: containing a general view of the kingdom of Scotland

Fourth book: containing the kingdom of Ireland

Prospect of the most famous parts of the world

With additional engraved title page (plate) signed: R: White sculp. The title page includes allegorical figures showing a Roman, a Britain, a Saxon, a Dane and a Norman - each representing the conquerors of Great Britain, each in their traditional costume. The pillars, pedestals and columns are intricately decorated with cupids' heads, grotesques, herms, putti, coins, crests and other figures.

The dominate figure above the title is an indigenous Briton, taken from an engraving that was first published by Theodor de Bry in 1590. Fine vignettes of the City of London, and a ship are on the foundation. According to Shirley, this sheet may have been engraved by Renold Elstack, due to the stylistic similarities to other works he engraved for Speed. George Humble's imprint is at the bottom. Engraved by R. White, for Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell.

The magnificent coat of arms of James I dominate the heraldic frontispiece - "The Achievement Of Our Soveraigne King James As He Nowe Beareth With The Armes Of The Severall Kings That Have Aunciently Raigned Within His Nowe Dominions". Around this central panel are 24 smaller shields of parts of the realm from ancient times, including shields denoting the Romans, Saxons and Normans, amongst others. The page is signed by Jodocus Hondius, the engraver, and is dated 1614.

Maps ornamented with the arms of the country and of the nobility, and have border illustrations of figures in national costumes and of views of cities. Many maps have, also, plans of cities, views of castles, cathedrals and other interesting features.

[16], 94, [47 maps], [2], 97-126, [14 maps], 5-6, [1 map], 5-8, [2], 129-132, [1 map], [2], 135-146, [5 maps], [2], 56, [28 maps], [12] p., [7] leaves of plates : ill., coats of arms, tables ; 43 cm (fol.)

Bound in burgundy cloth covered boards. All maps are hand-colored.

References:

English short title catalogue, R13825

Chubb, T. Printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland, p. 37-40

Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 (CD-ROM. 1996), entry S4886

 
0. Book Display
1. Title Page
10. Hantshire
100. A Newe Mape of Tartary
101. A Map of the Sommer Ilands
102. A Map of Virginia and Maryland
103. A Map of New England and New York
104. A Map of Jamaica and Barbados
105. A New Description of Carolina
106. A New Map of East India
107. A Map of Russia
108. Canaan
11. Wight Island
12. Dorsetshyre
13. Devonshire
14. Cornwall
15. Somersetshire
16. Wilshire
17. Barkshire
18. Midlesex
19. Essex
2. Illustrated Title Page
20. Suffolke
21. Norfolk
22. Cambridgshire
23. Hartfordshire
24. Bedfordshire
25. Buckingham
26. Oxfordshire
27. Glocestershire
28. Herefordshire
29. Worcestershire
3. Frontispiece
30. The Counti of Warwick
31. Norhamtonshire
32. Huntington
33. Rutlandshire
34. Leicester
35. The Counti and City of Lyn
36. The Counti of Nottingham
37. Darbieshire
38. Stafford Countie and Towne
39. Shropshyre
4. Holy Iland, Garnsey, Farne and Iarsey
40. The Countye Palatine of Chester
41. The Countie Pallatine of Lancaster
42. Yorkshire
43. The West Ridinge of Yorkeshyre
44. The North and East Ridins of Yorkshire
45. The Bishophrick and Citie of Durham
46. The Countie Westmorland
47. Cumberland
48. Northumberland
49. The Isle of Man
5. Britain
50. Holy Iland, Garnsey, Farne and Iarsey [Copy II]
51. The Second Book - Wales
52. Wales
53. Penbrokshyre
54. Caermarden
55. Glamorganshyre
56. The Countye of Monmouth
57. Breknoke
58. The Countie of Radnor
59. Cardiganshyre
6. The Kingdome of England
60. Montgomeryshire
61. Merionethshire
62. Denbighshore
63. Flintshire
64. Caernarvon
65. Anglesey
66. The Invasions of England and Ireland
67. The North Road from London to Birwick
68. The North-West Road from London to Hollyhead
69. The West Road from London to Bristol
7. Kent
70. The Western Road from London to the Lands-End in Cornwal
71. the South-East, South and South-West Roads from London
72. The Third Book - Scotland
73. The Kingdome of Scotland
74. The Fourth Book - Ireland
75. The Kingdome of Irland
76. The Province of Mounster
77. The Countie of Leinster
78. The Province of Connaugh
79. The Province of Ulster
8. Sussex
80. A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World
81. A New and Accvrat Map of the World
82. Asia
83. Africae
84. Europe [Europe]
85. America
86. Greece
87. A Newe Mape of the Romane Empire
88. A Newe Mape of Germany
89. Bohemia
9. Surrey
90. France
91. A Newe Mape of Y XVII Provinces of Low Germanie
92. Spain
93. Italia
94. A Newe Mape of Hungari
95. The Kingdome of Denmarke
96. A Newe Mape of Poland
97. The Kingdome of Persia
98. The Turkisch Empire
99. The Kingdome of China

Publisher: London; : Printed for Thomas Basset at the George in Fleet-street, and Richard Chiswel at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-yard, MDCLXXVI. [1676]

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Date Added: 2019-07-30

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The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Holy Iland, Garnsey, Farne and Iarsey (1676)
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The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Kingdome of England (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Kent (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Sussex (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Surrey (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Hantshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Wight Island (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Dorsetshyre (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Devonshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Cornwall (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Somersetshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Wilshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Barkshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Midlesex (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Essex (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Suffolke (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Norfolk (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Cambridgshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Hartfordshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Bedfordshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Buckingham (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Oxfordshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Glocestershire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Herefordshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Worcestershire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Counti of Warwick (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Norhamtonshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Huntington (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Rutlandshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Leicester (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Counti and City of Lyn (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Counti of Nottingham (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Darbieshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Stafford Countie and Towne (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Shropshyre (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Countye Palatine of Chester (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Countie Pallatine of Lancaster (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Yorkshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The West Ridinge of Yorkeshyre (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The North and East Ridins of Yorkshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Bishophrick and Citie of Durham (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Countie Westmorland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Cumberland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Northumberland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Isle of Man (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Wales (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Penbrokshyre (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Caermarden (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Glamorganshyre (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Countye of Monmouth (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Breknoke (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Countie of Radnor (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Cardiganshyre (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Montgomeryshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Merionethshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Denbighshore (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Flintshire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Caernarvon (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Anglesey (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Invasions of England and Ireland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Kingdome of Scotland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Kingdome of Irland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Province of Mounster (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Countie of Leinster (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Province of Connaugh (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Province of Ulster (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A New and Accvrat Map of the World (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Asia (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Africae (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Evrop [Europe] (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - America (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Greece (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Newe Mape of the Romane Empire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Newe Mape of Germany (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Bohemia (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - France (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Newe Mape of Y XVII Provinces of Low Germanie (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Spaine (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Italia (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Mape of Hungari (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Kingdome of Denmarke (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Newe Mape of Poland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Kingdome of Persia (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Turkisch Empire (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - The Kingdome of China (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Newe Mape of Tartary (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Map of the Sommer Ilands (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Map of Virginia and Maryland (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Map of New England and New York (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Map of Jamaica and Barbados (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A New Description of Carolina (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A New Map of East India (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - A Map of Russia (1676)
The Theatre of the Empire of Great-Britain - Canaan (1676)

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