Old coloured map of Middlesex printed for an early Sudbury and Humble edition of John Speed’s “Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain”. Considered to be the most decorative map of the county, it includes views of St. Peter’s (Westminster Abbey) and St. Paul’s cathedrals with brief notes on each contained on the open pages of two books. At the top of the map on either side, there are inset plans of London and Westminster together with their coats of arms. Curiously, this map was printed for an early edition of the Theatre as it does not contain the words “The Trinobantes”, which were added in 1623, but appears to have been part of a later ca 1646 atlas based on the verso letterpress. A description of the region appears on the verso in English. Other than a pinhole to the top margin and a minor repair to the bottom margin, both on the centrefold, a lovely example on heavy stable paper in excellent condition. 38.5 cm x 51.5 cm