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SPEED, JOHN. A Mapp of the Sommer Ilands. Double-page engraved map, 410x540 mm, ample margins; extensive repairs along large portion of the fold with some loss of text and partial loss of the small island immediately below the cartouche; matted and framed. London, circa 1626
we believe this to be a proof copy of the map. The map is identical in every respect to the 1626 edition engraved by Abraham Goos, except it totally lacks the box at the bottom of the map announcing that the map was being sold by George Humble in Pops-head Alley. This type of box is found on all Speed maps and changed with the publication dates of his maps, with early maps being offered by Humble and the last by Bassett and Chiswell. Even with its obvious faults, this is an extremely rare map. We locate only one other copy similar to this and that is held by the British Library.
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