Rare Roger Rea edition of Speed’s map of Gloucestershire
By SPEED, John, 1665
Glocestershire contrived into thirty three severall hundreds & those againe into foure principall devisions The Citie of Glocester & Bristowe discribed with the armes of such noble men as have bene dignified with ye titlles of Earles & Dukes therof
- Author: SPEED, John
- Publication place: [London]
- Publisher: to be sold by Roger Rea ye Elder ad younger at the Golden Crosse in Cornhill agt. ye Exchange
- Publication date: 1665.
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, fine contemporary outline hand colour, upper left and right margins skilfully repaired, margins reinforced with japan paper.
- Dimensions: 410 by 550mm. (16.25 by 21.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1771
“Mr John Speed’s… Geography of the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland… together with his Prospect… all in one entire Volume, hath been, for seven Years past, out of Print, the greatest part of an Impression, then newly Printed, being destroyed by the late dreadful Fire, 1666”. This is borne out by the rarity of the Rea edition of the atlas. There is evidence that they planned an edition of 1666, as there are impressions of Sussex, Buckingham and Derby, with Rea’s imprint, which bear that date. Rea would later sell the plates to Bassett and Chiswell, who would publish a new edition in 1676.