Speed’s map of Bohemia

By SPEED, John, 1631 

Bohemia

Europe Eastern Europe
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Are to be sold in popes-head alley by G. Humble
  • Publication date: 1631
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 411 by 519mm. (16.25 by 20.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11415

Notes

A map of Bohemia, a kingdom covering areas of what is now the Czech republic, one of the kingdoms making up the Holy Roman Empire. The upper border contains city views of Prague, Chomutov, Slany, Louny and Polna; the side borders contain figures in local dress.

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. This map is from the Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’, produced in collaboration with Speed to accompany the Theatre’ and published in a joint edition by George Humble in 1631. 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. 

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.