Speed’s map of Carmarthenshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 
£500
£300

[Carmarthenshire] Caermarden Both Shyre and Towne described

British Isles Wales
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speede And are to be sold in Popes head alley against the exchange by John Sudbury and George Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 505mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11788

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of Carmarthenshire, with an inset map of Carmarthen.

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.