Old Map of Hampshire, 1611 by John Speed - Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke
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This old, full colour and exceedingly rare map shows the ancient county of Hampshire as it was in 1611. It was created by John Speed and engraved by Jodocus Hondius, and originally published in Speed's "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine".
This map looks amazing at all sizes, from 12x16 inches (30x40cm) to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 (45x60cm) and beyond. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches (180cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
I also have a handcoloured version of this map, which is identical but was handcoloured 400 years ago and is rather beautiful.
Many of the towns, villages and cities in Hampshire are already visible in this map. In the top left corner is a detailed engraving of Winchester, then (and still) the capital of this ancient county.
Some of the towns, villages and places clearly visible in this old map include: Winchester, Havant, Portsmouth, Southampton, Gosport, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Andover, Fareham, Horndean, Totton, Lymington, Eastleigh and many more. But of course, many of them are spelt in their Early Modern English forms.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain Hampshire town or village is on this map.
Around the edges of the map there are the coats of arms of the earls of Winchester. The coat of arms of the Monarch of the United Kingdom appears in the top right, along with the Monarch's motto Dieu et mon droit - God and my right. and in the top right the royal seal and motto.
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Hampshire or who has Hampshire in their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.