Speed’s map of Derbyshire

By SPEED, John, 1627 
£900
£540

[Derbyshire] Darbieshire described 1610.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speede, and are to be sold in popes head Alley by Iohn Sudbury and G. Humble
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 380 by 510mm. (15 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11763

Notes

A beautifully coloured map of Derbyshire, with insets of the city of Derby and the springs at Buxton.

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.