Speed’s map of Kent

By SPEED, John, 1627 
£1,000
£600

Kent with her cities and earles described and observed.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by IOhn Speede and Are to be sold by G. Humble in popes head Alley
  • Publication date: 1627
  • Physical description: Engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 375 by 505mm. (14.75 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11801

Notes

A map of Kent, with inset maps of Rochester and Canterbury.

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.