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Including The Robes of the King & Queen...

Exceptionally rare double-page engraved map of England, published by British mapmaker Robert Greene and engraved by Francis Lamb in London.

The map is colored in outline by counties, with early views showing The House of Lords, House of Commons, and the costumes of British Royalty and holder's of high titles, including the King, Queen, Prince, Duke, Marquis, Earl, Viscount, Knight of the Garter, Judge and Bishop.

The attire of the nobility was a central theme of the map, as reflected in two of the three advertisements in 1682, advertising the map:   

Term Catalogues () 1682 Hilary Term - Licensed [February]

THE Royal Map of England; containing not only the Cities and Market Towns and Burroughs, but the Rivers and Roads, and other Remarks: with a List of all the Towns that send Parliament-men, with the Robes of the Nobility; with a short Description of England. Price in Paper, 1s. 6d.; on Cloth and colour'd, 5s. Sold by R. Green at the Rose and Crown in Budge row. [1682.02.01:01].

London Gazette (issue 1698.) 1682 February 23rd - 27th.

A New Map of England, in a large sheet of Imperial Paper, containing not only the Cities, Market-Towns, and all Parliament-Towns; but also the Rivers, Highways, Seaports, and many other places of Remark, with the Robes of the King and Queen and the Nobility down to the Judge and Bishop; and the manner of the Sitting of the Lords and Commons in Parliament: with a short Geographical Description of each County; as also a List of all the Cities, Boroughs and Cinque-Ports which send Knights, Burgesses, and Barons to the Parliament of England; The price on Cloth coloured 5s. or on Paper 1s. 6d. Sold by Robert Green at the Rose and Crown in Budge-Row, and by William Berry at the Globe between Charing-Cross and Whitehal. [1682.02.27].

True Protestant Mercury (issue 128.) 1682 March 25th - 29th.

[hand pointing right] A New Map of England, in a large sheet of Imperial Paper, containing not only the Cities, Market-Towns, and all Parliament Towns; but also the Rivers, Highways, Seaports, and many other places of Remark, with the Robes of the King and Queen, and the Nobility down to the Judge and Bishop; and the manner of the Sitting of the Lords and Commons in Parliament: with a short Geographical Description of each County; as also a List of all the Cities, Boroughs and Cinque-Ports which send Knights, Burgesses and Barons to the Parliament of England, The price on Cloth coloured 5s. or on Paper 1s. 6d. Sold by Robert Green at the Rose and Crown in Budg-Row; and by William Berry at the Globe between Charing-cross and Whitehall. [1682.03.29:01].

Rarity

The map is apparently very rare.  We locate only the examples Kings Topographical Map Collection at the British Library, the Bibliotheque National de France and the Swedish National Archives, as well as one in a private American Collection.

Description Credit:  Thank you to Ashley Baynton Williams for supplying the above noted advertisements and other valuable information.

Condition Description
Old English hand-color, recently retouched. Expert restoration of the bottom-left, left, and top-left margins, barely touching the neatline. Right decorative panel with figures reinstated in manuscript facsimile.
John Speed Biography

John Speed (1551 or '52 - 28 July 1629) was the best known English mapmaker of the Stuart period. Speed came to mapmaking late in life, producing his first maps in the 1590s and entering the trade in earnest when he was almost 60 years old.

John Speed's fame, which continues to this day, lies with two atlases, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (first published 1612), and the Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World (1627). While The Theatre ... started as solely a county atlas, it grew into an impressive world atlas with the inclusion of the Prospect in 1627. The plates for the atlas passed through many hands in the 17th century, and the book finally reached its apotheosis in 1676 when it was published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, with a number of important maps added for the first time.