Speed’s map of Caernarfonshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 

Caernarvon both Shyre and shire-towne with the ancient citie Bangor described.

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by Iohn Spede and are to be solde in Popes head Alley over against the Exchange by Iohn Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11787


A beautifully coloured map of the historic county of Caernarvon, now Caernarfonshire, with inset maps of Caernarfon and Bangor.

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. 


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