John Speed's Map of KJB Folio of 1611
Buy Now Price: $25,000
In the top left hand corner of this Map is a cartouche of City of Jerusalem,
with a legend detailing forty of the most important historical and religious places within the City. Surrounding it are illustrations of articles related to the Temple of Solomon, such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Altar of Burnt Offering. The back of the two page folio 1611 ‘He’ KJB is ‘An Alphabeticall Table of Canaan’ The map itself is marked with fifty places that saw the occurrence of notable events according to the Bible: 'Heere Saule consulting with a witch is seduced by the divell’ that can transforme him selfe like to an angell of light’, and the route taken by the Isrealites out of Egypt is also faithfully marked. The Importance of the John Speed’s Map of Canaan is Taken from The King James Bible of 1611 the ‘He’ Version. The Sea on the Map is shaded. No more then 6 Original Maps have survived. It was known that the Maps were removed from the KJB in the Churches at the time of Printing (1611) and the Maps were given to the local Schools. At the back of the Folio Map, is a list of all the Towns and Tribes of Israel, spread over two pages. The John Speed Map of Canaan. According to Herbert’s Historical Catalogue of Printed Bibles. Francis Fry states. there were two editions of the 1611 Folio Bible, The ‘He’ and the ‘She’ …’He went into the City’ ‘He' Edition;- and 'She' (Ruth) went into the City.. ’She' Edition;- The ‘He’ Bibliographers generally agree that the Folio ‘He’ Bible of 1611 is the 1st. impression, with the Title Page by C. Boel with the Genealogies and Map of the Land of Canaan, with the signature of R. Elstrack’s name as engraver, to the bottom of the map, the left side of the cartouche at the centre bottom of the page. The Sea is shaded…
In the ‘She’ 1611 Folio Bible it is generally considered to be the 2nd. Edition of the same year.. The Speed Map is different, the Sea is not shaded and there is NO signature of R. Elstrack’s name as engraver. The Map I offer for sale is the true 1st. ‘He’ Edition of the John Speed Map of the Land of Canaan. With the Signature of R. Elstrack to the end of the map, which can be seen in the scans.
The ‘He’ and ‘She’ KJB was Published and ended up in the various Churches in England…because of the demand for this great book…some of the Editions were printed without Maps, to save money. The few that were published with Maps were removed by the various Churches and given to the local schools near by. The Churches had no use for the Map..Just the written word. Also Fry says that only a very few of the 1st. few 1611 Bibles that came off the presses were bound -up with the Speed Map. That is why they are very scarce. The two page Folio Map is in very fine condition and is in a highly collectable condition;- Scarce/Rare in this fine collectable condition;- $25,000
This map has amazing detail throughout. Below are two close-up scans.