Speed’s map of Berkshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

Barkshire described

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by I. Speede and are to be solde in Popes head Alley by I. Sud and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11796

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of Berkshire, with a view of Windsor Castle, a list of the original knights of the Order of the Garter, and a portrait of Edward III, who both founded the order and rebuilt Windsor during his reign.

John Speed (1552–1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His Theatre of Great Britain’ was the first atlas of the British Isles: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. His maps and books dominated the seventeenth-century English market. The present map is taken from the 1627 English edition published by George Humble. 

Bibliography

  1. Chubb XXV.
    • Chubb, T., Skells, J. and Beharrell, H. (1977). The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland. Folkestone: Dawson.