Speed’s map of Essex
By SPEED, John, 1627
Essex devided into Hundreds, with the most antient and fayre Towne Colchester Described and other memorable Monuments observed. Anno 1610.
- Author: SPEED, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Described by Iohn Norden, augmented by I. Speede, And are to be solde by G. Humble
- Publication date: 1627
- Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
- Dimensions: 385 by 510mm. (15.25 by 20 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11799
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.
- Chubb XXV.
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