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Maps by John Speed

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John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period, as a result of his atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps.  The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, including county boundaries on almost all maps and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. 

Speed, a tailor’s son from Cheshire, conceived the Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain as a supplementary volume to his monumental History of Great Britain published in 1611. Finally published as a complete work in 1612, the atlas was the culmination of several years work during which pre-existing maps by Saxton and Norden were updated, information was gathered and collated, and new surveys were completed before the plates were engraved, mainly by Jodocus Hondius of Amsterdam. Many of the maps bear earlier dates and would have been available for sale as loose sheets prior to the completion of the atlas.
 
Text on the reverse describes that county, its industry and agriculture, its physical features and history. One Latin text edition was published in 1616, targeting the continental market, otherwise the several editions published before Speed’s death had English text.
 
Early editions of the Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain were published by John Sudbury and George Humble, who realised, given the increasing popularity of both county and world atlases and in the light of the success of Ortelius’s Theatrum …, the potential demand for an English world atlas. Consequently, in 1627, Speed’s Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World was published with 21 finely engraved maps.
 
The Prospect ...was the first world atlas by an Englishman, and its maps are famous for their bordering panels of national characters in local costume and panoramic views depicting the areas of major towns and cities.  In addition to the obvious decorative quality of the maps, regular atlas copies have two pages of English text printed on the reverse, giving a charming description of life in the early seventeenth century of the area shown. The maps of the world and America show California as an island and are amongst the earliest ever printed to depict this seventeenth-century cartographic “fact”.
 
By the time of the publication of the Prospect … in 1627, John Sudbury had retired from the partnership with George Humble, and, after his death in 1640, the copperplates were in possession of his son, William Humble. William continued publication on a rather ad hoc basis before relinquishing rights to William Garrett who, in turn, passed the plates to Roger Rea. William made some changes to the dates on some of the plates but issued only small numbers of any edition of the atlas.

World Maps   Europe Maps   Asia Maps   West Indies Maps   English County Maps B-K   English County Maps L-Y   Wales Maps & Charts   Title Pages   Atlases  

World Maps

A New And Accurat Map Of The World ...
A New And Accurat Map Of The World ...

By J.Speed of London, 1627 -1676, copperplate, coloured, 390 x 520 mm

Ref: 37870

Price: £ 12000

World And Continents
World And Continents

By J.Speed of London, 1627-1676, copperplate, coloured, Each 51-39 mm

Ref: 38243

Price: £ 34000

Europe Maps

A New Map Of Ye XVII Provinces of Low Germanie ...
A New Map Of Ye XVII Provinces of Low Germanie ...

By J.Speed of London, 1626 -1631, copperplate, uncoloured, 390 x 510 mm

Ref: 29667

Price: £ 1650

Asia Maps

Asia With The Islands Adjoyning Described ...
Asia With The Islands Adjoyning Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1627 -1631, copperplate, uncoloured, 390 x 510 mm

Ref: 29658

Price: £ 3800

A Newe Mape Of Tartary ...
A Newe Mape Of Tartary ...

By J.Speed of London, 1627 -1676, copperplate, coloured, 390 x 505 mm

Ref: 36615

Price: £ 1750

West Indies Maps

Mappa Aestivarum ... A Mapp Of The Sommer Ilands ... Bermudas
Mappa Aestivarum ... A Mapp Of The Sommer Ilands ... Bermudas

By J.Speed of London, 1627 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 395 x 520 mm

Ref: 33607

Price: £ 2000

English County Maps B-K

Bedford Shire And The Situation Of Bedford Described ...
Bedford Shire And The Situation Of Bedford Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1631, Copperplate, coloured, 380 x 510 mm

Ref: 29604

Price: £ 550

Buckingham Both Shyre, And Shire Towne ...
Buckingham Both Shyre, And Shire Towne ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1616, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 505 mm

Ref: 35618

Price: £ 1000

Cambridgshire Described With The Devision Of Its Hundreds ...
Cambridgshire Described With The Devision Of Its Hundreds ...

By J. Speed / H. Overton of London, 1612-1720, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 515mm (15 by 20¼ inches). mm

Ref: 29029

Price: £ 1850

Cambridgshire Described With The Devision Of The Hundreds ...
Cambridgshire Described With The Devision Of The Hundreds ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1627, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 520 mm

Ref: 36053

Price: £ 2200

Cornwall
Cornwall

By J.Norden / J.Speed of London, 1612 -c.1720, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 38360

Price: £ 1500

Cumberland And The Ancient Citie Carlile Described ...
Cumberland And The Ancient Citie Carlile Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1676, Copperplate, coloured, 380 x 505 mm

Ref: 36107

Price: £ 950

Darbieshire Described
Darbieshire Described

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 33883

Price: £ 850

... Darbieshire Described ...
... Darbieshire Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1616, copperplate, uncoloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 35391

Price: £ 1600

Devonshire With Excester Described And The Armes Of Such Nobles
Devonshire With Excester Described And The Armes Of Such Nobles

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1676, copperplate, coloured, 370 x 500 mm

Ref: 36796

Price: £ 1000

Dorsetshyre
Dorsetshyre

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1614, copperplate, coloured, 390 x 510 mm

Ref: 35515

Price: £ 1100

Glocestershire Contrived Into Thirty Thre Severall Hundreds
Glocestershire Contrived Into Thirty Thre Severall Hundreds

By J. Speed of London, 1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 38212

Price: £ 1400

Hantshire Described And Devided
Hantshire Described And Devided

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1627, copperplate, coloured, 370 x 505 mm

Ref: 34643

Price: £ 1400

Hartford Shire Described
Hartford Shire Described

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1616, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 32605

Price: £ 750

Hartfordshire
Hartfordshire

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 385 x 510 mm

Ref: 33569

Price: £ 1250

Huntingdon Both Shire And Shire Towne ...
Huntingdon Both Shire And Shire Towne ...

By J.Speed of London, 1610-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 380 x 505 mm

Ref: 26508

Price: £ 520

Huntington Both Shire And Shire Towne ...
Huntington Both Shire And Shire Towne ...

By J. Speed of London, 1610-1676, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 27463

Price: £ 660

Huntingdon Both Shire And Shire Towne ...
Huntingdon Both Shire And Shire Towne ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 33878

Price: £ 720

English County Maps L-Y

Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described ...
Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1610 -1631, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 510 mm

Ref: 29645

Price: £ 800

Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described, ...
Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described, ...

By J. Speed of London, 1612-1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 33880

Price: £ 780

The Countie And Citie Of Lyncolne Described ...
The Countie And Citie Of Lyncolne Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1627, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 510 mm

Ref: 26295

Price: £ 740

The Countie And Citie Of Lyncolne Described With The Armes ...
The Countie And Citie Of Lyncolne Described With The Armes ...

By J. Speed of London, 1612-1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 33881

Price: £ 840

Midle-sex Described With The Most Famous Cities ...
Midle-sex Described With The Most Famous Cities ...

By J.Speed / H.Overton of London, 1612 -1720, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 505 mm

Ref: 36824

Price: £ 1650

The Countie Of Nottingham Described ...
The Countie Of Nottingham Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1627, copperplate, coloured, 375 x 505 mm

Ref: 33134

Price: £ 800

The Countie Of Nottingham Described ...
The Countie Of Nottingham Described ...

By J. Speed of London, 1612-1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 33882

Price: £ 740

Oxfordshire Described With Ye Citie And The Armes ...
Oxfordshire Described With Ye Citie And The Armes ...

By J. Speed of London, 1612, Copperplate, coloured, 380 by 520mm (15 by 20.5 inches). mm

Ref: 39284

Price: £ 2600

Rutlandshire With Oukham And Stanford Her Bordering Neighbours
Rutlandshire With Oukham And Stanford Her Bordering Neighbours

By J.Speed of London, 1610 -1631, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 510 mm

Ref: 29613

Price: £ 550

Rutlandshire With Oukham And Stanford ...
Rutlandshire With Oukham And Stanford ...

By J. Speed of London, 1612-1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 33879

Price: £ 560

Stafford Countie And Towne With The Ancient Citie Lichfield ...
Stafford Countie And Towne With The Ancient Citie Lichfield ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612-1627, Copperplate, coloured, 375 x 505 mm

Ref: 33135

Price: £ 750

Stafford Countie And Towne With The Ancient Citie Lichfield ...
Stafford Countie And Towne With The Ancient Citie Lichfield ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 33870

Price: £ 850

Surrey Described And Divided Into Hundreds
Surrey Described And Divided Into Hundreds

By J. Speed of London, 1612-1676, Copperplate, coloured, 380 by 510mm (15 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 39309

Price: £ 1650

The Counti Of Warwick The Shire Towne And Citie Of Coventre ...
The Counti Of Warwick The Shire Towne And Citie Of Coventre ...

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 33871

Price: £ 1000

The Countie Westmorland And Kendale The Cheif Towne Described
The Countie Westmorland And Kendale The Cheif Towne Described

By J.Speed / H.Overton of London, 1610 -1716, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 25089

Price: £ 600

The Countie Westmorland And Kendale The Chief Towne Described ..
The Countie Westmorland And Kendale The Chief Towne Described ..

By J.Speed of London, 1612 -1646, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 33884

Price: £ 780

Wales Maps & Charts

Caermarden Both Shyre And Towne Described
Caermarden Both Shyre And Towne Described

By J.Speed of London, 1610 -1676, copperplate, coloured, 385 x 520 mm

Ref: 27526

Price: £ 650

The Countie Of Radnor Described And The Shyretowns ...
The Countie Of Radnor Described And The Shyretowns ...

By J.Speed of London, 1610 -1676, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 505 mm

Ref: 27528

Price: £ 450

Cardigan Shyre Described With The Due Forme Of The Shyretown ...
Cardigan Shyre Described With The Due Forme Of The Shyretown ...

By J.Speed of London, 1610 -1627, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 510 mm

Ref: 28620

Price: £ 520

Wales
Wales

By J.Speed / H.Overton of London, 1612 -c.1720, copperplate, coloured, 380 x 495 mm

Ref: 36603

Price: £ 1350

The Countye Of Monmouth
The Countye Of Monmouth

By J.Speed of London, 1610-1627, copperplate, uncoloured, 385 x 510 mm

Ref: 37567

Price: £ 750

Penbrokshyre Described ...
Penbrokshyre Described ...

By J.Speed of London, 1611-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 385 x 510 mm

Ref: 37568

Price: £ 1200

Title Pages

The Achievement Of Our Soveraigne ... / The Theatre Of The Empire
The Achievement Of Our Soveraigne ... / The Theatre Of The Empire

By J.Hondius / J.Speed of London, 1612 -1627, copperplate, coloured, Each 380 x 240 mm

Ref: 36630

Price: £ 850

The Achievement Of Our Soveraigne ... / The Theatre Of The Empire
The Achievement Of Our Soveraigne ... / The Theatre Of The Empire

By J.Hondius / J.Speed of London, 1612 -1627, copperplate, coloured, Each 380 x 240 mm

Ref: 36631

Price: £ 1000

Atlases

The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great-Britain ...
The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great-Britain ...

By J.Speed [Reproduction] of London, 1991, lithograph, uncoloured, Folio 460 x 310 mm

Ref: 38049

Price: £ 460

The History Of Great Britaine [The Theatre Of The Empire ...]
The History Of Great Britaine [The Theatre Of The Empire ...]

By J.Speed of London, c. 1616, copperplate, uncoloured, Folio 420 x 275 mm

Ref: 34720

Price: £ 54000