Speed’s map of Africa
By SPEED, John, 1676
Africae described, the manners of their Habits, and buildinge.
- Author: SPEED, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: to be sold by Tho. Bassett in Fleet Street, & Ric. Chiswell in St. Paul’s Churchyard
- Publication date: 1676.
- Physical description: Engraved map with fine original hand colouring.
- Dimensions: 390 by 507mm. (15.25 by 20 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12259
John Speed (1552–1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His ‘Theatre of Great Britain’, first published in 1611 or 1612, was the first atlas of Great Britain: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. These maps are from the ‘Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’, produced in collaboration with Speed to accompany the ‘Theatre’ and published by George Humble in 1627. Many of the maps were anglicized versions of works by Dutch makers, who introduced the carte-à-figure style, with borders of figures in local costume and city views.
- Norwich 30.
- Norwich, O., Kolbe, P. and Stone, J. (1997). Norwich’s maps of Africa. Norwich, Vt.: Terra Nova Press.