Coloured map of Buckinghamshire from the first edition of John Speed’s “Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain” published by John Sudbury and George Humble. Inset are plans of the towns of Buckingham and Reading together with the arms of the noble families of the county. As indicated in the right top cartouche, although the town of Reading is actually in Berkshire, a plan of Reading was included in the map of Buckinghamshire due to its importance and the fact that there was no room for the plan in Speed’s map of Berkshire. A description of the county appears on the verso in English. Other than a small repair to the centrefold in the middle of the map, a finely coloured, strong, dark impression on heavy stable paper and in very good condition. 38 cm x 50.5 cm