15 July 2005
JOHN SPEED (1552-1629)
[Southeast Asia] A New Map of East India. [London:] Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, . Hand-coloured engraved map, English text on verso, 380 x 500mm. Title set in decorative cartouche supported by native figures. Window mount.
Engraved by Francis Lamb for the expanded 1676 editions of Speed's Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, the map was modelled on the earlier Dutch map of de Wit enhanced by Speed's typical decorative finesse. It extends from India to the Far East and includes southern China, the Malay Peninsula, the Philippines and many of the East Indian islands.
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