Rare Roger Rea edition of Speed’s map of Shropshire
By SPEED, John, 1665
Shropshyre Described The Sittuation of Shrowesbury Shewed With the Armes of thos Earles, and other Memorable things observed…
- Author: SPEED, John
- Publication place: [London]
- Publisher: to be sould by Roger Rea the Elder and younger at ye Golden Crosse in Cornhill against the Exchange
- Publication date: 1665.
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, upper left and right margins skilfully repaired, margins reinforced with japan paper.
- Dimensions: 410 by 550mm. (16.25 by 21.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1783
“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.