Speed’s map of Brecknockshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 
£500
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[Brecknockshire] Breknoke both shyre and towne described.

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohn Speede and are to be solde in Popes head alley against the Exchange by I Sudbury and George Humbell
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 385 by 510mm. (15.25 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11785

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of the historic county of Brecknockshire, with an inset map of the city of Brecon.

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.