Speculi Britanniae Pars: A Topographical and Historical Description of Cornwall.
Publisher: Printed by William Pearson, for the Editor, London;
Date of Publication: 1728
Stock Code: 5318
FIRST EDITION, , 104 pp, with generously wide margins. Additional engraved title page and engraved armorial dedication page; plate of distance tables, engraved plate of St Germans and 13 vignettes within the in text. County map of Cornwall and 9 further maps, each double-page. Contemporary spotted calf with double gilt border to boards, sympathetically rebacked to style with 5 raised bands, gilt ruling and decoration. Boards a little scuffed with minor surface loss and bruised corners. Booksellers ticket to front pastedown and small brown stain to centre of rear pastedown, initials AG in ink to ffep. Scattered light foxing; 2 one-inch closed tears to margin of Penwith hundred map (engraving unaffected). A handsome copy, in original borads, of a scarce book. ESTC T49601; Upcott 80.
Norden, circa 1547-1625, was a cartographer and surveyor, for the Crown Woods & Forests in the South of England and for the Duchy of Cornwall. This was the first volume in his early county guide series through England, the Speculum Britanniae, and was produced in 1583 though unpublished until 1720. It includes Norden’s first county map, based upon that of Saxton. Norden was the first English cartographer to mark roads upon maps and to include a sheet giving a key to symbols used on a map; many later couny maps are based on his work. (ODNB). Upcott, p.78.