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Rare Books in the Press: A Masterpiece of Maps Goes Digital At Cambridge

"Anglophiles who are planning to watch the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, now have a new opportunity to gain insight into the history and geography of the kingdom over which the future monarch and his bride will reign. Cambridge University Library has digitized a set of proof sheets for the first comprehensive atlas of Great Britain, first published 400 years ago." Nancy Mattoon's recent article for Booktryst features one of the world's finest cartographic treasures: John Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine.
Published on 27 April 2011
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One of the world’s finest cartographic treasures: John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine


"Anglophiles who are planning to watch the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, now have a new opportunity to gain insight into the history and geography of the kingdom over which the future monarch and his bride will reign. Cambridge University Library has digitized a set of proof sheets for the first comprehensive atlas of Great Britain, first published 400 years ago."

"John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine is one of the world’s finest cartographic treasures. Anne Taylor, head of the Map Department at Cambridge University Library, notes that, "Although the Library holds several copies of the published atlas – including a first edition – it is the hand-coloured set of proofs produced between 1603 and 1611 that is one of its greatest treasures."

Nancy Mattoon's recent article for Booktryst features one of the world’s finest cartographic treasures: John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. Read the whole article:

>>> A Masterpiece of Maps Goes Digital At Cambridge, by Nancy Matton (Booktryst April 26, 2011)

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